Oct. 15-19 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.