Do Faculty Attitudes Toward Digital Content Impact OER Adoption?

Faculty respond to a survey about their openness to using digital learning materials and OER. The majority of faculty appear to recognize the value of digital content but are still reluctant to use it as instructional material. Continue reading Do Faculty Attitudes Toward Digital Content Impact OER Adoption?

Encouraging Faculty To Adopt OER: Takeaways From Day One at Open Ed ’16

Why don’t more faculty adopt OER? What can we do to encourage them to do so? I spent day one at the Open Ed ’16 Conference hearing from faculty and librarians who are trying to answer these questions. Here’s what I learned. Continue reading Encouraging Faculty To Adopt OER: Takeaways From Day One at Open Ed ’16

Open Textbooks For Blended Librarians

Blended Librarians should rightly be promoting the adoption of OER and open textbooks at their institutions. What about our own instruction? Where are the open textbooks we’d want to use? This post points to two open textbooks that give Blended Librarians new options for pointing students (and their faculty) to an open resource. Continue reading Open Textbooks For Blended Librarians

That Other Reason Students Spend Less On Course Material

There has been some debate about how much college students are spending annually on textbooks. What is less debatable is the continued rising costs of textbooks. Academic librarians are playing role in the changing dynamics of student spending for textbooks. Continue reading That Other Reason Students Spend Less On Course Material