Institutions across the country are looking for ways to reduce the cost of education. One of the many options available to do this is open educational resources (OER). However, institutions frequently report challenges with OER discoverability, accessibility, and ease of distribution. With careful planning and the right tools, OER can be part of your digital course materials program—and your campus can get the same benefits as those offered by traditional content.
When Christopher Weaver was considering graduate school to facilitate a career change, he knew it would be a challenge.
“I had concerns with the time I had to spare as I work full time as well,” said Weaver, a 30-year-old from Yorkshire who works as a structural surveyor.
On September 1, 2018, Acrobatiq was acquired by VitalSource Technologies, an Ingram Content Company. The team and I could not be more excited to be joining forces.
While not quite as catchy as Jack Johnson’s hit single, the title of this blog is meant to serve as an open invitation to anyone who wants to improve the status quo. For years, institutions and vendors have made strides using their own data. Most institutions have risk models that are driven by demographic data, incoming GPA, and other factors. Most vendors have solutions for educators that promise improvements to their students’ outcomes. These approaches have certainly helped improve student success, but the value of a single body of data has limits.
Digital course materials are more robust, interactive, and valuable than many realize. Research shows that 60% of students feel that digital learning technology—like Bookshelf®, the world’s leading digital content platform—has improved their grades. Additionally, 88% believe they get better grades with interactive content vs. print.
But to maximize the impact of these tools, it takes an instructor who is comfortable teaching with digital. One way to achieve this is to learn from other instructors like Hannah Mullis, Adjunct Instructor of Communication at William Peace University.