[BayDualEnrollmentCoP] Fwd: MHEC & SREB: New report aims to help more colleges use open educational resources

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Mallory Stevens

Oct 8, 2021, 3:33:47 PMOct 8
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I wanted to share this report and webinar information (on 10/13) with you to help inform your discussion of open educational resources in dual enrollment. 

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Free Textbooks for Dual Enrollment Students

New report aims to help more colleges use open educational resources

Dual enrollment is growing fast, promising more high school students a head start on college. Free open educational resources can open the door to students who cannot afford the high cost of college textbooks.

Hard-copy textbooks average from $80 to $150, with some as much as $400.

Open educational resources are textbooks or other class materials that are free to use and share because they are openly licensed. Most often digital, OER might include presentations, study guides, assignments, quizzes and exams. They are easy for faculty to customize and update.

To help states and colleges create and use more of these open classroom materials, a new report from the Midwestern Higher Education Compact and the Southern Regional Education Board offers case studies and recommendations.

Join us October 13 for an online event to share the report's findings and advice.

In the report

Best practices: Lessons learned and advice from leaders in states around the nation. The report offers strategies from raising awareness to keeping digital resources updated.

  • The college (not the high school) should lead the way in adopting OER.
  • Rather than impose mandates for adopting open educational resources, institutions should help faculty know the burden of textbook costs on their students and understand the quality and ease of open educational resources.
  • State-level roles can include professional development, networks and policies that encourage consideration or reward innovation.

State policies: Overview of who is responsible in each state for covering textbook costs in dual enrollment programs ─ the student, the high school, the college or the state, for example.

Case studies: How Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Tennessee, and Texas have made progress in scaling the use of open educational resources, especially in dual enrollment.

The report was funded by a grant from the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation to the four regional higher education compacts, including MHEC and SREB.

Wednesday, October 13, 2021
1 p.m. Central

Our panel of experts will lead a discussion on the open educational resources in dual enrollment report.

  • Zachary Adams, Director of Postsecondary Coordination Alignment, Tennessee Board of Regents
  • Charlotte Dailey, Program Specialist, Postsecondary Education, Southern Regional Education Board
  • Jenny Parks, Vice President, Midwestern Higher Education Compact
  • Paul Preimesberger, Dean of Enrollment Management and Student Success, Central Lakes College
  • Jennifer Zinth, Consultant, Zinth Consulting

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Mallory J. Stevens, EdD | Pathways Support Consultant
Bay Region | Hosted by Contra Costa Community College District (4CD) 

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