Join us at OLC INNOVATE as The Southern University System, the California State University, MERLOT, and OLC will share practices, strategies, and resources for reducing the costs of instructional materials for students, making higher education more affordable for more students in Historically Black Universities (HBCUs) in the United States and Higher Education Institutions in Africa (HEIA).
Southern University Baton Rouge (SUBR) has been awarded a Louisiana Board of Regents (BOR) eLearning Innovation Grant for a project entitled, "Enabling Educational Quality and College Affordability through a System-Wide Implementation of Zero-Textbook-Cost Courses and Degrees."
Moustapha Diack, SU chair of the doctoral program in SMED, College of Science and Engineering (CSE) and the Office of Online Learning at Southern University Shreveport (SUSLA), co-principal investigator, Veronica McEachin, received more than $18,000 to develop the first associate degree program using exclusively Open Education Resources (OER). The OER-based degree, commonly dubbed Zero-cost-textbook degree (Z-Degree) will serve as a model for Louisiana. Southern was one of four state institutions to receive the grant.
The Southern University System received a MERLOT Stewardship Award at the INNOVATE 2017 International Conference, co-sponsored by the Online Learning Consortium (OLC) and the Multimedia Educational Resources for Learning and Online Teaching (MERLOT) global organization, April 5-7, 2017 in New Orleans.
The SU System was recognized for its leadership role in launching the partnership with the California State University MERLOT, an Affordable Learning Solution (AL$) portal, and the Southern University Open Library for Education (SUOL4Ed) on April 19, 2016.
The Southern University System of Louisiana declares the week of November 16, 2016 through November 22, 2016, Free/Open Textbook week. It is anticipated that this event will be part of the SUS culture to be celebrated every year during the Thanksgiving week. By way of the event, the SUS intends to raise awareness about Open Education Resources (OER) among his faculty/staff/stakeholders body and through higher education in Louisiana. The Louisiana State legislature and the Board of Regents are fostering state-wide discussions and workforce development opportunities afforded by Open Textbook and OER-based education.
Are you using free eTextbooks in your teaching or your learning? Have you created free eTextbooks? We invite you to catalog these resources in MERLOT. Your colleagues and students around the world will thank you!
First: Become a member of MERLOT (It will take about 2 minutes and it’s FREE).
Second: Fill out the online form to Contribute a Material. (It will take about 4 minutes the first time and step-by-step instructions for contributing materials (PDF) to MERLOT are available).