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The American Women’s College at Bay Path University Spotlight: Achieving an OER-First Strategy
By Mark Christensen

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Making a paradigm shift in education requires forward thinking. The ability to navigate the multi-verse of course material options available and leverage internal and external partnerships makes a significant difference.

That’s just what The American Women’s College at Bay Path University did when they developed its Social Online Universal Learning (SOUL) educational model to support nontraditional women learners. This new learning approach is comprised of adaptive technology, virtual learning communities, and data-driven strategies to tailor instruction and foster student success.

The American Women’s College’s Dr. Maura Devlin, Deputy Chief Learning Officer, and Jeremy Anderson, Deputy Chief of Academic and Administrative Technology, knew open educational resources (OER) would be a key factor in shaping SOUL and its constellation of evidence-based practices with students at the center.

That’s when they turned to CURATE by Ed Map™, a consultative course materials service.

Ed Map’s expert curators are on the job to secure the volume of content necessary to serve the adaptive features of SOUL and provide the levels of difficulty required. With Ed Map’s affordable OER content, mapped to competencies, The American Women’s College can manage content and pass lower prices to students. Leading to a high-quality learning experience, empowered students, and degree completion.

Additionally, the Ed Map team helps effectively deliver and gauge the SOUL model as it continues to develop. Working together with Ed Map and Realizeit, the adaptive learning platform that undergirds SOUL, Maura and Jeremy analyze course and student performance data to determine which content is working and which is not. Jeremy  explains,

“By using OER, it will allow us to quickly change out under-performing content. Another step will be to track the costs of delivering OER courses as compared with courses that were built upon proprietary textbooks. We are confident that the more courses we can build with the OER curated by Ed Map, the more we can pass savings to our students.”

In the spirit of sharing, we encourage you to take a moment and read The American Women’s College at Bay Path University spotlight story and learn from Maura and Jeremy’s experience, from shaping a new learning experience, discovering affordable course materials, to implementing a 21st-century content strategy!

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Mark Christensen

Mark Christensen
Director of Marketing

Mark Christensen has worked in K–12 and higher education in various roles throughout his career from classroom teacher to school administrator to marketing communications. He currently works with Ed Map, helping institutions navigate today’s dynamic and changing content landscape. He holds his MBA in Marketing from Rivier University and his Ed.D. in Curriculum & Technology from Plymouth State University/Argosy.

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