Changing Practices at UMUC

Type: Evidence | Hypothesis: OER policy change | Polarity: | Sector: | Country:

Kathy Warner, Dean at University of Maryland University College, described some of the changes in their practices which have occurred as a result of their experiences with the Bridge to Success pilot.

We have decided that textbooks/course materials are very expensive, and so we as a University want to do whatever we can to reduce the cost of course materials for students. So much so that we have another initiative in which we’re trying as much as possible to put e-resources in every class and not require the students to buy additional materials. So we would like to go as close as possible to the zero cost per course. And so this is perfect because … Bridge to Success kind of got us thinking about that. That these materials that are available, they’re open, they are of good quality, and these are the kinds of things that we could embed in our courses. Certainly a for-credit course could use that material instead of buying any kind of course material. So I think that was another impact that Bridge to Success has had.

Citation: OER Research Hub interview
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