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Open Education

University of Missouri - St Louis

Saint Louis, MO, United States
Official Website @umsl

Type: Public 4-Year, Research University
Annual Enrollment: 17,072

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OER LibGuide

Overview

The University of Missouri-St. Louis (UMSL) is one University in the University of Missouri System which has embarked to address the rising cost of textbooks and other course materials with a system wide Affordable and Open Educational Resources (A&OER) Initiative. An A@OER taskforce has launched a grant program to provide funding to support faculty to incorporate lower cost materials into their courses. The grants are available for several different activities, including:

Specific details of the program, including grant categories, selection criteria, requirements and application information, can be found online. If you have further questions, please contact umoer@umsystem.edu.

Academic freedom includes the right of faculty members to choose the educational resources used in courses, and the UM System remains committed to ensuring academic freedom. The grant program simply seeks to support those faculty interested in utilizing more affordable or open educational resources in their courses.

The UM System Affordable & Open Educational Resources (A&OER) initiative works to enhance the use of affordable and open educational resources at the university. A&OER provide students immediate and unlimited access to course materials, enhance learning by providing up-to-date and interactive resources, and lead to greater retention and graduation. Additionally, they help to lower the cost of education.

A&OER also benefit faculty as they can easily tailor course materials to keep content relevant and up-to-date. To support faculty in transitioning to more affordable and open educational resources, the A&OER Taskforce, formed in 2017, has created a faculty-first grant funding programs for all UM System faculty who which to adopt or develop new A&OER course materials.

Campus Details

Campus Entities Most Active in Efforts Advancing OER:

Library Departments Active in Efforts Advancing OER:

Academic Subjects With Greatest OER Traction:

Mechanisms to Support OER Included in the Following:



OER Events

OER Workshop 3/9/2018

Come celebrate Open Educational Resources Week at the library! Also, find out more about the UM System grant opportunities for using Open Educational Resource (OER) and Affordable ebook options in your teaching (https://www.umsystem.edu/ums/aa/oer). In the workshop we will explore and learn how you can use these vetted peer-reviewed resources to enhance your teaching and learning. You will leave understanding how to find, adopt, adapt and create your own OER materials to supplant expensive textbooks. More than free textbooks, OER is an ecosystem of information at your fingertips. Light refreshments provided and opportunities to win some fabulous prizes.

Date: March 9, 2018 - March 9, 2018

Event Type:

Scope: OER (open course content)

Approximate Attendees: 10

Links:
Slides

OER Workshop 3/7/2018

Come celebrate Open Educational Resources Week at the library! Also, find out more about the UM System grant opportunities for using Open Educational Resource (OER) and Affordable ebook options in your teaching (https://www.umsystem.edu/ums/aa/oer). In the workshop we will explore and learn how you can use these vetted peer-reviewed resources to enhance your teaching and learning. You will leave understanding how to find, adopt, adapt and create your own OER materials to supplant expensive textbooks. More than free textbooks, OER is an ecosystem of information at your fingertips. Light refreshments provided and opportunities to win some fabulous prizes.

Date: March 7, 2018 - March 7, 2018

Event Type:

Scope: OER (open course content)

Approximate Attendees: 8

Links:
Slides