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Open Education Resources: A tale (or tool) of reduced barriers, improved reading, and enhanced classroom engagement
April 14 at 10:00 am - 11:30 am
The adoption of quality Open Education Resources (OERs) is reshaping Higher Education classrooms, lowering the cost and furthering the democratization of learning.
However, there is also a movement of disengagement with text-based learning that threatens to undermine the impact of open textbooks. Most learners are no longer reading for class or leisure (McCollum, 2018).
When course content is summarized through lecture slides, learners express little incentive to read the textbook (Yonker & Cummins-Sebree, 2009). If no one is reading the course textbook, its democratization does not have the intended impact.
In this session, Dr. McCollum will discuss his experience participating in the OER community (Larsen et al., 2017), his strategies for re-engaging students with their textbook, and his research that shows it is peer relationships—more so than course content—that incentivizes good reading habits (McCollum & Morsch, 2022).
Facilitator: Brett McCollum