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Tuesday, May 29 • 1:15pm - 2:00pm
Putting Students First in a Changing Open Movement

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The open educational resources (OER) movement has grown considerably in the past decade. With this growth, we have seen new players enter the open education space from commercial publishers to learning platform companies. The entrance of these new players into the space is part of a larger shift in the course materials market as technology has changed both access to knowledge and the way students learn. New actors are putting considerable pressure on institutions to purchase new platforms and suites of materials below market price that often contain OER. Some of these platforms for delivery are part of a larger model often called “inclusive access” or “digital discount” programs. These new models and products beg the question, “what is actually best for students?” Providing open educational resources to students without barriers is truly the best way to ensure students have access to the materials they need. How do we make smart decisions on content and content delivery with changing technology and new actors in the OER space? This session will outline existing and new players in the OER movement and discuss strategies for choosing content delivery models.

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Nicole Allen

Director of Open Education, SPARC
Nicole Allen is the Director of Open Education at SPARC, a global coalition working to make open the default in research and education. A decade and a half ago, Nicole was an undergraduate student frustrated with the cost of textbooks. Today, she is an internationally recognized policy... Read More →


Tuesday May 29, 2018 1:15pm - 2:00pm AKDT
Port of New York