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Open News: Spring 2021

Quarterly newsletter covering open access, open education, and for the SVSU community


Rapidly Responding with Relevant OER Over the Past Year

ISKME showcases how their community of educators rapidly responded with relevant Open Educational Resources (OER) to meet the needs of the moment. 

Digital Texts in the Time of COVID

The Fall 2020 academic semester saw a shift in the proportion of higher education faculty teaching online, driving a transition of existing courses and educational materials into digital formats, according to a survey of faculty conducted by Bay View Analytics. Survey results also show that while the level of awareness of OER grew for the fifth straight year, OER adoption rates remained stable. The results reflect responses from over 3,200 faculty and department chairpersons. The report shows improvements in faculty satisfaction with OER textbooks and an increased reliance on digital materials to meet online instruction demands.

Cambridge Press strikes deals for Open Access

Cambridge University Press recently struck dozens of open-access publishing deals with U.S. institutions, convincing many libraries to abandon their traditional journal subscription arrangements for the first time.

Recent OER Publications

Research and OER Librarian

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Tina Mullins
Zahnow Library