UK Libraries will host a panel discussion about the positive impact of open educational resources (OER) on teaching, learning, and student success. The panel discussion, followed by a reception, will be 9:30 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 27, in the UK Athletics Auditorium at the William T. Young Library. This event is free and open to the public.
Leila Salisbury, director of the University Press of Kentucky, will moderate the panel. Two speakers will discuss the promise OER holds for student success from different perspectives. The first speaker, Jeffrey Gallant, from Affordable Learning Georgia, will provide an overview of the current textbook market, the benefits of OER, and the success in adopting OER at higher education institutions. The second speaker, Allison Soult, from the UK Department of Chemistry, will share her insights and experience of teaching with OER. There will be a Q&A after the presentations.
Data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics reveals that the prices of college textbooks have soared 88 percent from 2006 to 2016. Educators and foundations are developing OER to alleviate the adverse effect of costly textbooks on students and to provide instructors with the flexibility to customize their course content.