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Mathieu Plourde

Expensive college textbooks targeted by two Puyallup legislators | Education | The News... - 0 views

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    Rep. Hans Zeiger wants to cap it at $100 per book. He introduced House Bill 1958, which would restrict professors from requiring books above that amount unless no comparable lower-cost material is available. The bill would apply to community and technical colleges as well as four-year state universities.
Mathieu Plourde

Sticking It to Starbucks: Independent Cafés Create a 'Disloyalty Card' - 1 views

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    "The "D.C. Disloyalty Card" is a rewards card that offers customers a free drink once they've patronized all six of the area's participating independently owned coffee shops, each of which operates with an eye to ethically sourced goods. "
Mathieu Plourde

Free digital-textbook project drives down cost of college - 0 views

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    A state-funded project to create low-cost digital textbooks for community-college courses has saved students about $5 million in just a few years, advocates say.
Mathieu Plourde

Open Course Library - 0 views

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    A collection of high quality, free-to-use courses that you can download and use for teaching. All content is stored in Google docs making it easy to access, browse and download.
Mathieu Plourde

Open Course Library releases 39 more high-enrollment courses - 0 views

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    A year and a half ago, the Washington State Board for Community and Technical Colleges (SBCTC) released the first 42 of Washington state's 81 high-enrollment courses under the Creative Commons Attribution license (CC BY). Now they have released the remaining 39 under the same terms, which means that anyone, anywhere, including the state's 34 public community and technical colleges and four-year colleges and universities, can use, customize, and distribute the course materials.
Mathieu Plourde

A Cost Analysis of the Open Course Library - 0 views

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    In October 2011, the Washington State Board of Community and Technical Colleges launched the Open Course Library, a collection of high-quality, low-cost educational materials to correspond with the 81 largest-enrollment courses in the state. The first 42 courses are available immediately, and the remaining 39 are slated for development in 2012 and release in 2013. In conjunction with the release of the first 42 courses, the Student PIRGs conducted this informal study to evaluate just how much the Open Course Library could reduce costs for students. Based on a survey of 22 of the program's 42 course authors, all of whom had agreed to adopt the materials in their own teaching, we have preliminary estimates for the impact of these courses.
Mathieu Plourde

UW's online classes find big market - if they're free - 1 views

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    "Just a handful of students have signed up for the for-credit version of the University of Washington's online courses, but thousands are taking them for free."
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    Is anyone in udsnf12 signed up for a MOOC over winter session?
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