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University of Missouri - Kansas City

Kansas City, MO, United States
Official Website @UMKansasCity

Type: Public 4-Year, Research University
Annual Enrollment: 16,146

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New System-Wide OER Initiative

On 21 June 2017, University of Missouri System President Mun Choi and Chancellors Leo Morton, Tom George, Garnett Stokes and Christopher Maples announced a plan that will save students significant amounts of money on textbooks and other course materials. This effort is designed to reduce the cost of attendance and enhance learning for students. The plan takes advantage of Open Educational Resources (OER), or class materials that are free for students, and AutoAccess, which is a program that makes textbooks and class materials available online at a lower cost than traditional learning resources.

To accomplish this goal, a working group of faculty, staff and students, including a team of librarians, bookstore personnel and campus instructional design staff, will be formed to provide input from all four campuses. The group will work collaboratively to develop a system-wide strategy to increase awareness of affordable and open resources, incentivize the transition to those resources, and encourage University-created materials to be shared as open resources. This work will be done in conjunction with campus-specific working groups.

Currently, some campuses are already using online resources to reduce the costs of textbooks for students. The working group will review that progress and see how the resources can be shared throughout the system. One example of these online resources is a program known as AutoAccess, which is available to all four campuses within the University of Missouri System.

The system-wide initiative is launching this summer, and the working group is committed to making fast progress toward its goals.

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OER Events

Open Textbook Network - Librarian Lunch & Learn

Provided opportunity for librarians to learn how workshop presentations will be conducted in support of the Open Textbook Library and Open Textbook Network. UMKC, through membership in MOBIUS, is a member of the Open Textbook Network.

Date: March 8, 2018

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Scope: OER (open course content)

Approximate Attendees: 10

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Point of Contact

Scott Curtis
Teaching & Learning Librarian, OER Lead, UMKC Libraries