Affordable Learning @ Cleveland State University
PREVIOUS EVENTS: SEPTEMBER 11th, 2019 - Learn About OpenStax Textbooks
General Session (open to all): 1:00-2:00pm in RT 502
Refreshments will be served.
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Chairs and Directors Session: 2:00-3:00pm in RT 502
We hope you'll join us on Wednesday, September 11, 2019 for an informational presentation about OpenStax textbooks, featuring Nicole Finkbeiner of Rice University's Free Textbook Initiative. Find our how OpenStax textbooks and other Open Educational Resources can benefit you and your students.
Rice University-based nonprofit publisher OpenStax produces high-quality, peer-reviewed textbooks that are free online and low-cost in print. Since its inception in 2012, OpenStax has become the largest publisher of open educational resources (OER), with 29 textbooks used in 48 percent of colleges and universities in the U.S. In 2015, OpenStax revised its institutional partnership program to help campuses develop strategies to increase OER use on their campuses, make their existing initiatives more effective and work together to learn from and support each other.
U.S. colleges and universities that have partnered with OpenStax to encourage the use of freely available learning materials have saved their students tens of millions of dollars on textbook and materials costs, mostly as a result of initiatives implemented during OpenStax's institutional partnership program.
Nicole Finkbeiner is the Director of Institutional Relations for Rice University’s free textbook initiative, OpenStax, where she founded and runs the nationally-recognized Institutional Partner Program. She is a national keynote speaker on open education, equity, and access. Nicole also coaches colleges and universities to effectively encourage faculty adoptions of Open Educational Resources (OER) to promote student success and faculty academic freedom. A graduate of Kellogg Community College, Western Michigan University, and Michigan State University, she worked in college relations for community colleges prior to joining OpenStax. When not promoting OER, Nicole fills her time working on civil rights issues, traveling, reading, staying healthy, and dragging her friends and family to random cultural events.
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