Friday, April 15, 2011

Challenge: Reimagine textbook resources that engage students in deep learning AFFORDABLY

Repositories, Open Educ. Resources,  and "multiple formats are combined to create non-textbook learning materials." are recommended by Steven J. Bell, Temple U. in "Views: Taming the Textbook Market", Inside Higher Ed, June 11, 2011
"The challenge lies in reimagining the textbook so that faculty construct the right set of learning materials that engages their students in deep learning, without bankrupting them. The open educational resources movement is already laying a foundation for that type of radical change.
"Hope for mending what’s broken in that system is on the horizon. Scholars are publishing more frequently in open- and public-access journals. Faculty conducting research with National Institutes of Health grants must now deposit their accepted papers in a free, community-accessible database. New models where author payments are used to support open access are gaining traction. At a growing number of institutions faculty are passing resolutions to support open-access publishing. 

"Academic librarians can help by offering their expertise with institutional repositories. A network of non-library repositories for these types of materials is already forming around the globe, but they are scattered, lack coordination and are largely unknown to the majority of faculty. Repositories of this type can form the backbone of the CRS model. Examples of such repositories include MERLOT, the Maricopa Learning Exchange, WISC-Online, the North Carolina Learning Object Repository, The OER Commons, The Open Educational Resources Center for California, and the Community College Open Textbook Collaborative.
"Open educational resource sites, such as Flatworld Knowledge and Connexions, offer faculty more formal textbook content in digital format. Faculty can choose to use all or segments of the content. From these many choices, faculty can pick and choose their content and then mash it into a learning resource.
"For example, a course on “Technology for Teachers” developed byWesley Fryer demonstrates how multiple formats are combined to create non-textbook learning materials. The home page provides access to a wikibook on the course topic. The content for each week of the course is a mix of web sites, readings, video and other media."

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