HSU Sustainable Learning Workshop

Tuesday, May 1, 2018 - 3:00pm to Friday, May 18, 2018 - 9:00am
Library, Academic Technology

Workshop Dates: Sustainable Learning Workshop Flyer

May 15, 2018, 12pm to 3pm
May 17, 2018, 12pm to 3pm


What are OER?

Open Educational Resources are teaching and learning resources that allow free use and repurposing.

Where to find OER? libguides.humboldt.edu/openedu

OER ImpactOver the past two years, the switch to OER and more affordable classroom materials has saved HSU students over $1 million and counting. Thank you participating faculty! 

Why use OER?

  • Student success: Textbook costs negatively impact student access to required materials (66.6% did not purchase the required textbook) and learning (37.6% earn a poor grade; 19.8% fail a course).
  • Graduation rate: Because of textbook costs, students reported that they take fewer courses (47.6%), do not register for a course (45.5%), drop a course (26.1%), or withdraw from courses (20.7%).
  • Equity: A soon-to-be-released study by the University of Georgia reports a one-third reduction in DFW rate among minority and Pell-eligible students in courses which switched to OER.
  • Class design: Requiring students to buy a textbook means an obligation to teach to its goals. Conversely, OER can be edited to meet the course-specific goals for the class.
  • Recruitment: Students choose courses with zero-costs textbooks. 
  • A course or department offering zero-cost textbooks will be able to market to current and incoming students.

Research provided by the 2016 Florida Student Textbook and Course Materials Survey. Studies by the Oregon Higher Education Coordinating Commission and Student Public Interest Research Groups corroborate the findings.

Partners in Sustainable Learning; Library, Academic Technology, SDRC, HSU Bookstore, Faculty and CSU Affordable Learning Solutions

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