HSU Sustainable Learning Workshops

May 4, 2018

Be a part of the OER revolution.

Open Educational Resources (OER) are free online teaching and learning materials. They are videos, textbooks, quizzes, learning modules and more. Using OER in your classroom can save you time and your students' money.

Why use OER?

Student success: Textbook costs negatively impact student access to required materials (66.6% did not purchase the required textbook) and learning (37.6% earn a poor grade; 19.8% fail a course).

Graduation rate: Because of textbook costs that students reported that they take fewer courses (47.6%); do not register for a course (45.5%); drop a course (26.1%), or withdraw from courses (20.7%).

Equity: A soon-to-be-released study by the University of Georgia reports a one-third reduction in DFW rate among minority and Pell-eligible students in courses which switched to OER.

Class design: Requiring students to buy a textbook means an obligation to teach to its goals. Conversely, OER can be edited to meet the course-specific goals for the class.

Recruitment: Students choose courses with zero-costs textbooks. A course or department offering zero-cost textbooks will be able to market to current and incoming students.

Workshop Infomation

Two dates to choose from:

  • May 15th, 12-3pm
  • May 17th, 12-3pm

Sign-up at https://tinyurl.com/sustainablelearning

HSU Faculty that participate in this workshop will receive a $300 award thanks to a CSU Affordable Learning Solutions grant.

For further information visit https://library.humboldt.edu/about/sustainable.html