OER from Washington state schools
OCL was launched by the Washington State Board for Community and Technical Colleges (SBCTC)
- Cost savings for students are clearly a major benefit. So is the strategy of intervening in the textbook ecosystem, as one observer points out.
- Cost savings can have political benefits:
“For employers, it’s about up-skilling the labor force,” said Shaunta Hyde, State Board member and director of Global Aviation Policy for Boeing Commercial Airplanes. “Open Educational Resources will help people earn industry-recognized degrees and credentials more quickly at lower cost. Evidence shows the burden of high college expenses can impact student success and degree completion. So the Open Course Library is good for business and leads to an improved employment outlook for students.”
- Support comes from several sources, including Washington state, the Gates Foundation, and SBCTC schools.
- The partnership pattern is very interesting. OCL links with Connexions, the Saylor Foundation, and the Gates. SBCTC is also a member of the OCW Consortium.
(thanks to Grace Pang)