Schools work together to create open education resources
During the 2010-2011 academic year, students who attended colleges and universities in search of a degree spent an average of $1,137 on textbooks and other supplies, CollegeBoard reports. However, for many individuals, on top of tuition, room and board, and travel expenses, this cost can be a heavy burden.
For this reason, eight colleges in California, New York and Nebraska recently founded Project Kaleidoscope, Converge reports. Under this project, faculty from the schools are collaborating on open general education courses, which will only require students to pay about $30 on textbooks per class.
During the summer months, faculty from the schools used a learning management system (LMS) to create classes such as introduction to biology, psychology and geography. In order to create each of these classes, the project requires the collaboration of professors from two different schools.
Because students who attend community colleges tend to need more financial assistance than other individuals, Kim Thanos, project manager for Project Kaleidoscope, told the news source that she hopes the initiative will help these schools receive more funding for open education resources.
“We can’t just wait for the trickle down theory,” she told the news outlet. “We actually need to put programs in place that create an opportunity for the funding of open educational resources to benefit these learners.”