Students in the United States spend an average of $3 billion on textbooks each year, with each student spending nearly $1,200 on books and materials. Because of these high costs, 60% of students will refrain from purchasing a textbook at some point in their academic careers. Open Educational resources, high quality peer reviewed textbooks and course materials that are freely available online, are revolutionizing higher education at institutions around the world.
The Eugene T. Moore School of Education, Clemson University Libraries, and Eugene T. Moore Professor of Teacher Education David Reinking collaborated to reserve a seat at OpenCon, a highly competitive international conference dedicated to exploring issues in open education, open data, and open educational resources. Mikel Cole represented the University and brings back to us a wealth of information on the possibilities and promises of OER, their impact on student success here at Clemson, and concrete steps we can take to implement them on campus.
No recent activity