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.
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.
This op-ed was originally published in The74 on June 4, 2018.
The growing cost of higher education is a major issue for students, families, and colleges. Tuition has more than doubled over the past 30 years, and three-quarters of all graduates struggle with loan debt.
VitalSource is “a technology company that makes it really easy for institutions to ensure every student has the content they need for learning the first day of class, at affordable price points.”
VitalSource is “an easy button to move content to a digital platform helping students and their institutions actually succeed.”
The above quotes are from our chief operating officer Pep Carrera speaking with Neil Hughes on the Tech Writer Blog podcast earlier this month. The podcast gave Pep the opportunity to discuss VitalSource’s direction and the emerging trends in the education market. Pep addresses a number of relevant topics including inclusive access, analytics, OER and student engagement. His responses are insightful and thought provoking.