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Mathieu Plourde

A New Study Found OER to Match and Even Outperform a Commercial Textbook - 0 views

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    "students using the openly licensed material were able to more efficiently internalize and remember the information conveyed. Students also rated the quality of the print version of the OER higher than the commercial equivalent, although the digital version received a lower ranking. The authors acknowledge that "the open textbook (in its first edition) and the commercial textbook (in its tenth) are written by different authors with differences in the breadth and depth of content coverage, organization, and writing style" and that a text's quality leans on several other factors besides the nature of its copyright."
Mathieu Plourde

Why students are choosing to go to college in Canada instead of the United States - 0 views

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    "The American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers surveyed over 250 American colleges and universities and found that 39 percent of Americans schools witnessed a decline in international applications in the last year."
Mathieu Plourde

Celebrating the 30th anniversary of the first fully online course | Tony Bates - 0 views

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    "The first totally online credit course delivered entirely via the Internet was taught in January, 1986 at the University of Toronto, through the Graduate School of Education (then called OISE: the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education). Thus January, 2016 marks the 30th anniversary."
Mathieu Plourde

Why More U.S. Students Are Going Abroad for College - 0 views

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    "As the cost of college in the U.S. soars to record levels, American students in growing numbers are enrolling in schools abroad, where tuition fees are substantially lower-and in some cases nonexistent. Annual tuition and fees for a private, nonprofit four-year university in the U.S. last year averaged $31,231, according to the nonprofit College Board. In Germany, universities receive so much in government subsidies that most students-including international students-pay no tuition at all."
Mathieu Plourde

What I learned from the Open Textbook Summit - 0 views

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    "BCcampus organized an open textbook summit again this year (the first one was last year). I attended, because I'm writing my own open textbook on 'Teaching in a Digital Age.' BCcampus has published its own blog post on the lessons learned, but I came away with something different, from a potential author's perspective."
Mathieu Plourde

Online course materials to reduce costs for Alberta students - 0 views

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    The cost of post-secondary education can be overwhelming for many Alberta students, and the additional hundreds or thousands of dollars spent on textbooks can weigh heavily on their wallets. Now, the Alberta Government is launching a new initiative, offering more educational resources online.
Mathieu Plourde

Team Canada Has Beer Fridge That Only Opens with Canadian Passport - 0 views

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    New ways to provide identity.
Mathieu Plourde

B.C. makes free online textbooks available - 2 views

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    "Postsecondary students in British Columbia may get a bit of a break when it comes time to buy their textbooks this fall. In the first move of its kind in Canada, the B.C. government said it will make available up to 20 free and open online textbooks for some of the most popular first- and second-year university and college courses. There's no guarantee that faculty will choose to assign the new textbooks, but proponents of the project are hoping that rigorous quality control measures and a little nudging from students will win them over. The textbooks also will be available to institutions, faculty and students across Canada to use at no charge."
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    Yes, I see that it is Canada, once again, leading the way.... :) If enough faculty adopt open online textbooks a new norm will be achieved! Of course, the quality must be equivalent....or, perhaps, better.
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    The state of Washington did it first. The Pacific North West leads the way.
Mathieu Plourde

Setting the Stage for the Next Decade of Open Access - 0 views

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    Open access as the default sounds ambitious, but is consistent with recent trends, particularly for research funded by taxpayers. A growing number of governments and funding agencies have already embraced mandatory open access requirements, recognizing that if the public funds the research, it is entitled to access the results.
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