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Update for Cengage Unlimited and Cengage Brain users

Posted by Mike Hale, Ph.D. on June 28, 2019

Some users may have noticed that starting today, June 28, 2019, Cengage has made the decision to use an internal Cengage eReader for all US-based Cengage Unlimited and Cengage Brain content. 

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Where to find OER content

Posted by Saskia Watts on June 13, 2019

Lap top and desk top computerWith a number of different organisations offering a plethora of OER content, the sheer amount of choice can often be overwhelming. The OER Commons alone “provides a single point of access for over 30,000 items.” OER can also come in many forms: complete courses, single modules, textbooks, or even podcasts and videos. So where is the best place to start?

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What is OER and how does it differ from open access?

Posted by Saskia Watts on May 31, 2019

Students sit in a row studying. In 2002, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) first adopted the term open educational resources (OER), setting the scene for the learning landscape to embrace the reusing, revising, remixing, and redistributing of content. But in 2019, the use of OER in the UK is still very much localised, relying on specific projects for support.

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Tips for a successful Inclusive Access program

Posted by Kyle McCann on May 23, 2019

Two women look at laptop. Photo by Brooke Cagle on UnsplashCourse materials formats and models are changing rapidly, and this means the store role is changing as well. With each passing term, stores tell us how they’re more deeply connected to all stakeholders on campus as they focus on student access, affordability, and outcomes through models like Inclusive Access. While many stores are off and running with the IA model, many more are just getting started. For those new to the model, a great way to navigate the changing landscape is to start small with a well-designed Inclusive Access pilot. This will set your store up for success, no matter the challenges you may face.

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The Widening Participation Series: Participation in the face of Brexit

Posted by Saskia Watts on April 18, 2019

European Union Flag“So far there is no long-term decision or reciprocal deal on how UK students in the EU, or EU students in the UK, will be treated post-Brexit.” With the future of the United Kingdom’s position in the European Union still unclear, institutions and professional bodies are speculating on the impact leaving the EU may have on widening participation efforts, particularly in terms of economic slowdown.

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