Why Open Educational Resources (OER) technology is an answer
These six benefits outlined by campustechnology.com are compelling enough to implement OER into your academic program:
- More usage: Students who couldn’t afford a book and went without now can obtain the assigned class materials they need to succeed in a course.
- Greater savings: According to the National Association of College Stores, students spend $1200 annually on course materials.
- More students: Course enrollments increase in size when required course content is affordable.
- No needless updates: Textbooks are revised every 2-3 years as a way to flush used books out of the system, serving a publisher need-not a student need. With OER, you control if/when to update or switch.
- Personalized examples: Students relate better to examples that mesh with their own lives, use terms they know, or are locally relevant.
- More connections: If your course is tied to another discipline, you can modify OER to add relevant examples or explanations that unify the student experience, making it easier for them to see the connections
Why Custom Courseware Development is an Answer
The subscription model of purchasing course materials works for many institutions, especially those in the public arena. The cost of materials is incurred as students take their seats. However, other institutions wish to do things differently. They want more control over the design and want to participate in the development of the content their students interact with. As opposed to the subscription model, these institutions want to own their courseware. Here is an article by syberworks that explains how engineering the delivery of information leads to better results, all obtainable with custom courseware development teams.