Developing Courses and Programs Using Open Education Resources: Challenges and Opportunities

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The cost of a college degree in the United States has increased over 1000% in the past 30 years (Jamrisko & Kolet, 2012), with Americans currently spending an estimated $450 billion dollars each year for post-secondary education. For many, student loans have been the only way to keep up with the increasing cost, and student loan debt is now over $1 trillion dollars (Kavoussi, 2012). Recognizing the need to decrease costs where possible, many colleges have turned to open source content since over $12 billion dollars is spent each year for textbooks. Open educational resources (OER), such as learning management systems (for example Moodle), free or inexpensive online textbooks (bookboon, Flat World Knowledge), supplemental study materials or courses (MIT Open Courseware, Coursera, Khan Academy), word processing tools such as AbiWord , as well as full productivity suites such as OpenOffice and LibreOffice (Giza, 2009), indeed help reduce out of pocket expenses. Curating these resources, however, for course and/or program development – while presenting a wonderful opportunity, is not without its challenges.

This presentation will provide a balanced discussion and interactive session around the challenges and opportunities in developing courses and programs using OER’s.

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Jamrisko, M, & Kolet, I. (2012, Aug 15). Cost of college degree in U.S. oars 12 fold: Chart of the day.
Kavoussi, B. (2012 Mar 22) Student loan debt hits $1 trillion, deemed ‘too big to fail’ by one Federal agency. http:/

Trevor Belcher, Ashford University, Bristol, VA, USA
Trevor BelcherDr. Trevor Belcher is an Assistant Professor in Ashford’s College of Health, Human Services, and Science, where he teaches undergraduate psychology courses such as Introduction to Psychology, Research Methods, and the Capstone course. He holds his PhD and MS in Psychology from Capella University and a BS with a double major in Ministry and Theology from Mid-America Christian University. Over most of the past two decades, his educational and practical experience has allowed him the opportunity to serve in various capacities such as pastoral ministry (ten years), counseling, teaching, and administration. “For the past eight years, I have had the privilege of working and teaching at the University level. I have enjoyed and learned from every class. I love working with students and helping to make a difference in someone’s life.” Dr. Belcher was born in Warren, MI, reared in Kentucky. And currently lives in Virginia. He has been married for over two decades and has one son. In his spare time, he enjoys movies, spending time with his family, and trying to learn guitar.
Patricia Neely, Bridgepoint Education, Richlands, VA, USA
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Jan Tucker, Higher Learning Institute, Tampa, FL, USA
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