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News & Events

Open Education Coffee Conversation

March 4-8, 2019

Join the library in a virtual coffee conversation on open education. The library will host a conversation on a topic each day.

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Spring A&OER Grant Application Period Open – UMKC Holds Info Session

January 14, 2019

The University of Missouri-Kansas City has scheduled two information sessions for the spring Affordable and Open Educational Resources (A&OER) grant application period.

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UM continues battle against student debt; approves major partnership to lower textbook prices

November 16, 2018

ST. LOUIS, Mo. –Today, the UM Board of Curators approved a major partnership with Cengage, one of the largest textbook publishers in the United States, that will save individual students hundreds of dollars when purchasing textbooks for their classes in 2019.

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Open Education Week 2018

OER Awareness Week

October 15-19, 2018 was OER (Open Educational Resources) Awareness Week.

UMKC is working continuously on raising awareness about affordable and open educational opportunities that exist for UMKC faculty and students through the Affordable & Open Education Resources (A&OER) initiative. Open Educational Resources are tools, resources and practices that employ a framework of open sharing, usually a Creative Commons license, to improve flexibility in adoption and use by faculty, and educational access for students by making coursework material one less economic barrier for them to worry about.

In addition to OER, the UMKC Bookstore’s AutoAccess program, part of the UM System-wide initiative, saves students over 50 percent on selected publishers’ textbooks when faculty use eligible materials as eBooks for their courses. So far this fall term, UMKC reports progress in adopting A&OER strategies for reducing the cost of education. Statistics for this fall:

  • Faculty teaching 71 courses have used the UMKC Bookstore’s AutoAccess program, collectively saving their students $513,241 on course materials.
  • Faculty have reported use of Open Educational Resources in 17 courses with 22 sections, impacting 740 students.

The Associated Students of the University of Missouri representatives launched a “Thank You” campaign during OER Awareness Week by writing personal thank you letters to the individual faculty members who are participating in the A&OER initiative. At the end of the week, they planted money flags in the University Walkway outside of the Miller Nichols Library to showcase the amount of money UMKC students saved through the use of AutoAccess program.

Affordable & Open Educational Resources News

August 3, 2018

In support of the University of Missouri System Affordable & Open Educational Resources (A&OER) initiative, UMKC has convened an Affordable & Open Educational Resources (A&OER) Committee, consisting of representatives from faculty, UMKC Bookstores, UMKC Online, UMKC Student Disability Services and UMKC Libraries.

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Student at the bookstore

Let’s Celebrate: Open Education Week

March 05, 2018 through March 09, 2018

Open Education Week is March 5-9, and we’re celebrating with a week of activities!

Open Education Week is an opportunity to highlight how Open Education can help people meet their goals. Whether you’re a faculty member looking for new resources in your courses, or a student looking for easily accessible materials, open educational resources can be a huge help.

At UMKC, we have a week of activities planned to celebrate. Join us in learning more about Open Education and OER!

The foundation of Open Education is Open Educational Resources (OER), which are teaching, learning, and research resources that are free of cost and access barriers, and which also carry legal permission for open use. Generally, this permission is granted by use of an open license…which allows anyone to freely use, adapt and share the resource—anytime, anywhere. “Open” permissions are typically defined in terms of the “5R’s”: users are free to Retain, Reuse, Revise, Remix and Redistribute these educational materials. ~Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition

 

For more information, contact Scott Curtis. Coordination of Open Education Week is through The Open Education Consortium.

Scott Curtis, OER Librarian at UMKC

What Is Open Pedagogy?

Winter 2017

While many librarians and faculty have discovered open pedagogy through learning about Open Educational Resources (OER) and open textbooks, the idea of open pedagogy has much older roots in the literature of teaching and learning.

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UM System encourages faculty to use more open educational resources

October 26 2017

As part of a University of Missouri System initiative on educational resources that are free to access online, the four campuses will be launching an incentive grant program next week. This is intended to encourage faculty members to incorporate more of these resources in their courses.

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Scott Curtis, OER Librarian at UMKC

A free textbook movement is taking hold at UMKC

October 24, 2017

While many librarians and faculty have discovered open pedagogy through learning about Open Educational Resources (OER) and open textbooks, the idea of open pedagogy has much older roots in the literature of teaching and learning.

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Reducing Student Textbook Costs: The Open Textbook Initiative

Summer 2017

On Wednesday, June 21, surrounded by faculty and staff from the four University of Missouri System campuses, System President Mun Choi and Chancellor Leo Morton announced a plan to save students money on course textbooks and other course materials. At UMKC, the plan seeks to encourage faculty to use Open Educational Resources (OER) in classes, as well as to use the AutoAccess option for textbooks from the UMKC Bookstore.

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UM System launches systemwide initiative to adopt affordable educational resources

June 21, 2017

COLUMBIA, Mo. – Today, University of Missouri System President Mun Choi and Chancellors Leo Morton, Tom George, Garnett Stokes and Christopher Maples announced a plan that will save students significant amounts of money on textbooks and other course materials. This effort is designed to reduce the cost of attendance and enhance learning for students. The plan takes advantage of Open Educational Resources (OER), or class materials that are free for students, and AutoAccess, which is a program that makes textbooks and class materials available online at a lower cost than traditional learning resources.

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Open Educational Resources: Not Just Open Textbooks

Spring 2017

One of the great instructional challenges in creating a quality online course experience involves finding effective educational tools for students wherever they may access the course. Open Educational Resources (OERs) can help instructors address these challenges.

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