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OpenEd17: The 14th Annual Open Education Conference
October 11 – 13, 2017  ::  Anaheim, CA

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Friday, October 13 • 3:00pm - 3:25pm
Ensuring OER-based Degree Programs Take Off

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For most institutions, OER-based degree programs are a new feature in the higher education landscape. These programs illustrate a novel ”and more affordable ”alternative to provide students with learning materials. Early efforts have shown that OER initiatives can not only save students money, but also increase faculty and learner engagement, reinforce academic freedom, and even help institutions gain recognition for their innovation and willingness to break old models of business as usual.

OER-based degrees are unfortunately far from being a light lift. It is a significant challenge to develop or adapt OER to cover an entire degree program, as opposed to a single course. It can also be difficult for institutions deep in the work of developing OER-based degrees to lift their heads from the work and share their successes, and setbacks, with those not intimately involved in the process. But ensuring OER-based degree programs can be shared, sustained, and easily adopted by other institutions who may not be as far along is critical to growing and sustaining the use of OER in higher education.

This presentation will provide an overview of current examples of OER-based degree programs across various institution types, describing common solutions, as well as setbacks. It will also highlight potential institutional, state, and federal policy solutions to implementation, adoption, and scaling challenges. It's critical that more folks get involved, and the efforts of early pioneers are better supported. A combination of institutional, state, and federal policies and resources can facilitate ensuring OER-based degree programs take off.

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Manuela Ekowo

Policy Analyst, New America
Manuela Ekowo is a policy analyst with the Education Policy program at New America. She provides research and analysis on policies related to higher education including innovations in higher education delivery, the use of technology, open educational resources (OER), and ensuring... Read More →

Friday October 13, 2017 3:00pm - 3:25pm
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