HBCU-OER Affordable Learning Solutions (Part 1)
Concurrent Session 9
Affordability of course materials is a critical issue for student success. Current research indicates that about 48% of students say they take fewer course units per semester because of the high costs of their textbooks and about 21% say they fail the course because of the high cost of textbooks. The Affordable Learning Solutions Initiative (AL$) provides institutions a range of strategies to significantly lower the cost of course materials for students and develop low cost online programs. This presentation summarizes current innovative practices for using Open Education Resources (OER) as substitutes for textbooks and consequently improve college affordability and institutional eLearning transformations.
The presenters will discuss the evolving partnership between Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) and the California State University (CSU) – MERLOT that enables HBCUs to adopt and adapt Open Education Research (OER) and AL$ as an integral part of their academic services. Session participants will be engaged in discussing critical steps for planning an AL$ Initiative within their own organization, the initial organizational and political steps to take in their planning, and the use of an AL$ model of professional development to improve faculty and administrative acceptance. Current applications and case study implementation of AL$ at HBCUs will be shared.
This is part 1 of 2 sessions.