Strategic Initiatives

Massachusetts Open Education:
Achieving Access for All

Overview

Massachusetts Open Education: Achieving Access for All is a collaborative project focused on building capacity for open educational resources (OER) across the state.

Contact

Robert J. Awkward, Ph.D.,
Director of Learning Outcomes Assessment
(617) 994-6908
rawkward@dhe.mass.edu

OER Team
ma-opened-l@library.umass.edu

Duration

2018 – Present

Funding

PIF Grant

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Target Populations
  • Low-Income
DHE Responsibilities
  • Access
  • Affordability
  • Completion
Partnerships

Multiple Campuses

Related Initiatives

 

Background

Massachusetts Open Education: Achieving Access for All is a collaborative project focused on building capacity for open educational resources (OER) across the state. Leaders of the project include open education advocates from University of Massachusetts, State Universities, and Community Colleges. Open educational resources (OER) are freely accessible, openly licensed text, media, and other digital assets that are useful for teaching, learning, and assessing as well as for research purposes (https://sparcopen.org/open-education/). This collaboration offers direct benefits to faculty and students at the 28 public higher education institutions in the Commonwealth.

Assessing the OER Landscape

An important outcome of this project is to assess the OER landscape at all public higher education institutions in Massachusetts. By gathering data and information from each college about current OER usage, we will analyze the results to determine regional training needs, assisting the project in achieving its goal of lowering overall costs for students, increasing student and faculty engagement, and ultimately improving college completion rates.
 

Statewide OER Regional Trainings Events

Topics include, but not limited to:

  1. Understanding OER (introduction to OER, open licensing, shared examples of OER, and discussion of OER adoption models)
  2. Teaching and Learning with Free and Open Educational Resources (ways to find and use free, CC licensed and public domain content, make content accessible, and incorporate open pedagogy)
  3. The Value of Open (benefits of OER and open pedagogy, examples of OER initiatives, research on OER, and data on the impact of OER)
  4. Implementing and Scaling OER Initiatives (collaboration, starting your initiative, policy, strategies, structure and process, and communicating about OER)
     

Review an Open Textbook

Faculty who attend a regional training event will have the opportunity to review an open textbook and receive a $200 stipend. Faculty will have six weeks to complete the open textbook review. 

Training Dates and Locations

Register today by filling out the OER Training Registration Form.

February 1, 2019
Northern Essex Community College

February 8, 2019
University of Massachusetts, Amherst

March 12, 2019
Bridgewater State University

March 14, 2019
Worcester State University

March 20, 2019
Roxbury Community College

May 23, 2019: OER Course Development Day - Northeast OER Summit
University of Massachusetts, Amherst
Call for OER Developers - Apply for $1,000 stipend!

The MA Open Education project team is seeking applications from faculty from all 28 MA Public Higher Education institutions to join us for a launch event where faculty will work in teams to pool resources and experiences to curate, adapt and develop materials for specific high enrollment courses.

Course Development Day is your chance to work with other innovative faculty from across MA in a team-based approach to develop ancillary materials (i.e., lecture slides, assessments, study guides, test banks) for a specific group of high-enrollment courses (listed above) included in the Mass Transfer block.

Do you teach one of the eligible courses? Apply today!