UMass Library Open Education Initiative
The high cost of commercial print textbooks is a major concern for both students and their parents. To address these concerns, the Provost’s Office and the University Libraries launched the Open Education Initiative in the Spring of 2011. The Open Education Initiative is a faculty incentive program that encourages the use of existing low-cost or free information resources to support our students’ learning. Information Literacy will also be emphasized, creating opportunities for students to develop and practice the skills of critical thinking, reasoning, communication, and integration of knowledge and perspectives.
Now in its seventh cycle, the Open Education Initiative has generated a total savings of over $1.3 million for students in classes that utilize open educational resources and library material. The Library partners with the Institute for Teaching Excellence and Faculty Development (TEFD), Information Technology, and Provost's Office to support our efforts. For more information please contact Jeremy Smith at jlsmith at library.umass.edu
Read the ARL Report on our program.
Presentation for the information session for the OEI grant applicants in the Spring of 2016. Includes an overview of OER, copyright and Creative Commons, and the OEI grant parameters. Useful for those running a workshop or for people teaching with open education resources.
This is a presentation made to the Faculty Senate Meeting at the University of Massachusetts Amherst regarding the Open Education Initiative. It includes an overview of the why and how of the OEI grant, some examples, and its successes/challenges. Useful for those talking to administrators about the open education movement.
Spring 2016 Open Education Initiative
Winners of the Spring 2016 grants are below
|Faculty Name||Department/Class||Proposed Project|
|Ysaaca Axelrod||Education/Human Development||Find readings/video on the web that cover material in current textbook.|
|John Brigham||Political Science/Intro. to Constitutional law||Replace textbook with free Government material from Supreme Court website, Wikipedia, Oyez, Library of Congress and National Constitution Center|
|Thomas St. Laurent||Kinesiology/Introduction to Kinesiology||Utilize chapters, articles, and studies that give overviews of basic contents in lieu of textbook.|
|Shubha Tewari||Physics: Electricity and Magnetism, Optics, Modern Physics||Edit and organize existing video content, film and edit new video content, and organize test questions for video content.|
|Brokk Toggerson||Physics: Into. Physics I||Organize existing free resources in a central location to improve navigation for students and use Perusall, a new reading enhancement tool.|
|Daniel Wang||Astronomy/Exploring the Universe||Evaluate existing available open textbooks and modify them. Revise lecture slides, quizzes, homework, reading assignments, and exams.|
|Jonathan Wynn||Sociology/Intro. to Sociology||Identify open textbooks and develop a digital archive where materials can be housed online.|
Fall 2015 Open Education Initiative
Winners of the Fall 2015 grants are below, along with their proposed projects.
|Faculty Name||Department/Class||Proposed Project|
|Philippe Baillargeon||French: Intermediate French I and II||Use public domain and library resources as well as free online newspapers.|
|Melba Jensen||English: American Literature to 1865 & others||Create eBook with public domain literature, use library articles, & have students create knowledge base.|
|Julia Choi||Kinesiology: Motor Control||Compile chapters from multiple textbooks & store on content management system.|
|Kimberly Dion||Nursing: Community Health Nursing IV: Community||Use library journals and state & federal websites.|
|Simos Gerasimidis||Civil & Environmental Engineering: Structural Stability||Use library and free online resources.|
|Sara E. Jackson||German & Scandinavian Studies: Advanced German||Collect free/open reading assignments, grammar exercises & work-sheets to accompany German-language films.|
|D. Joseph Jerry||Veterinary & Animal Science: Cancer Biology ; Carcinogenesis||Collaborate with colleagues in the field to create a downloadable free textbook from lecture materials.|
|Kinuyo Kanamaru||Geosciences: Global Environmental Change||Use recorded lectures, free online videos, scientific articles & open online educational applications.|
|Stefan Caris Love||Music & Dance: Intermediate Analysis||Use online music theory websites, YouTube videos. Create handouts and video/audio lectures. Have students compile all information on a wiki.|
|Bogdan Prokopovych||Management: Foundations of Sustainable Enterprise & others||Identify less technical articles available through library journals, and chapters of selected books. Identify alternative to Harvard Business School Publishing platform.|
|Mila Getmansky Sherman||Management: Financial Modeling||Work with PhD candidates to identify web-based materials and work with students to develop their own materials.|
|Jeffrey Starns||Psychology: Statistics in Psychology||Turn course slides into a stand alone textbook.|