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Sick and Tired of Textbook Affordability

by Peter O'Reilly on September 16, 2016

Category: Equity of Access, Reducing Cost of Materials

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Raise your hand if you hate the phrase textbook affordability. Keep it raised if you don’t want to hear anything else about the average amount students pay for textbooks. First of all, let’s address the fallacy of the “average cost of textbooks.” We all know students do not buy every book and we know that … Continue reading Sick and Tired of Textbook Affordability

Equity in Education: OER Can Help

by Howard Weiner on December 16, 2015

Category: Academic Challenges, Equity of Access, Reducing Cost of Materials

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U.S. higher education is generally a pay-to-play model. It runs the full range, from affordable to out-of-reach. This means that there’s inequality baked into the system. So how can we honor the “moral imperative” of offering an equal opportunity to anyone who desires it?

Competency-Based Education Is All About Personalization

by Tom Caswell on June 30, 2015

Category: Competency-Based Education, Innovation

Competency-Based Education, Innovation, Ed Tech, Higher Education, CBE, Courseware, LMS, Adaptive Learning, Outcomes, Personalized Learning, assessment, educational content, competencies, learning environment, student-centric, course outcomes, Webtexts, learning management systems

New technologies are giving students more opportunities for personalized learning. Competency-based education (CBE) has received a lot of attention in particular. Tom Caswell examines the issues as they relate to the “Golden Triangle” of outcomes, content, and assessment.

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