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OER at Work: Expanding access to learning on all fronts

For a number of years, Oregon State assistant professor Marit Bovbjerg grew increasingly frustrated with the traditional textbook options for her introductory epidemiology courses. Then, a solution. “I wrote one myself,” she says. Now she’s an OER Champion in the state of Oregon for her impressive efforts.

A humpback whale breaches and soars in the air above the ocean. Holly Campbell teaches an ocean law course for Oregon State and uses an open textbook.

OER at Work: Authoring a marine law open textbook was ‘straightforward and seamless’

Oregon State researcher and instructor Holly Campbell says the process of authoring an open textbook on marine law “was very straightforward and seamless,” and she advises her faculty colleagues to not hesitate in implementing open educational resources in their classes.

Photo of Erika Wolters, assistant professor in Oregon State University's School of Public Policy, who has edited and adopted open educational resources in her courses.

OER at Work: Open textbook increases affordability, up-to-date information

“The ability to edit the open source text allows my colleague and I to provide updated information instantaneously. With rapidly changing environmental policy issues in the West, this is needed to stay up-to-date.” – OSU School of Public Policy assistant professor Erika Wolters

A digital rendering of an open textbook that looks like a computer chip

OER at Work: Open textbook is a path to ‘continuous improvement’

Now that he uses an open textbook in his business course, John Morris says students can see a stronger link between what they read in the textbook and what they do in their assignments.

A photo of the facade of the U.S. Supreme Court building. Open educational resources

OER at Work: A volume of original research on judicial politics

Rorie Solberg, an associate professor in OSU’s School of Public Policy, worked with colleagues Jennifer Segal Diascro and Eric Waltenburg to develop a freely available resource that introduces students to the political science research process. Solberg recently discussed the development process, how students are using it and more.

An image of Austin Hall on Oregon State University's Corvallis campus. OER open educational resources

OER at Work: Business instructor enhances course’s real-world experience with open textbook

In the first part of our OER at Work story series, business instructor John Morris shares his insights about the decision to incorporate open educational resources in his course, the development process and more. He was inspired, in part, by the shock he received when he began paying for his child’s college textbooks.

Screen shot of radiographic anatomy module. The radiographic image shows equine leg bones and joints, with two bones highlighted in red.

Open-source module helps alleviate financial burden on VetMed students

Sarah Nemanic, an associate professor of diagnostic imaging in the College of Veterinary Medicine, recently led the creation of a self-study computer module for students, veterinarians and faculty to learn, review and be tested on normal veterinary radiographic anatomy. Not only is it a must-have resource for all VetMed students, but it’s also a free one. Nemanic worked with Open Oregon State to develop an open-source module that is freely accessible to learners all over the world.

Oregon State physics instructor K.C. Walsh writes on a lightboard (a transparent whiteboard that allows the instructor to face their students as they write or draw).

The future of education is wide open

K.C. Walsh, a senior instructor of physics at Oregon State University, long ago realized how burdensome the financial situation is for students. In sports terms, the textbook publishing companies are winning, and it’s a blowout. Financially, the students continually come up short. That’s why Walsh decided to change the game by embracing the open educational resource (OER) movement and giving his students access to no-cost and low-cost course materials.