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Opening Up Opportunities for Students and Faculty: A University Transitions to Open and Digital Resources

Jill Buban (Online Learning Consortium, USA)
Session Information
October 14, 2015 - 12:45pm
Open, Global, Mobile
Major Emphasis of Presentation: 
Practical Application
Major Emphasis of Presentation: 
Blended Program/Degree
Institutional Level: 
Multiple Levels
Audience Level: 
Session Type: 
Information Session
Asia 1
Session Duration: 
45 Minutes
Concurrent Session 2

This presentation will provide an overview of one institution's journey to transition nearly 500 courses to digital resources including open, library, and eBook resources.

Extended Abstract

This presentation will provide an overview of one institution's journey to transition nearly 500 courses to digital resources including open, library, and eBook resources. The average undergraduate spending upwards of $1200.00 per year on textbooks which is cost prohibitive for most online, adult learners. Additionally, as learners continue to engage in accelerated online learning environments, the need for instant access to course resources is a necessity. The combination of decreased cost to students and instant access to course resources can act as an enabler of student success and retention.

Attendees will gain knowledge of how to build a faculty=friendly open repository of open access resources, implement a program that supports the use of such resources, and navigate the publishing industry to advocate for student-friendly eBooks for students.

In addition to an overview of creating such a program, attendees will learn how to engage multiple departments to increase the success of such a program, as well as how to project resource allocation.

Lead Presenter

Prior to joining the Online Learning Consortium, Dr. Jill Buban was the Assistant Provost for Research & Innovation at Post University. In this role, Buban instituted university-wide initiatives with a forward thinking, student-centered focus. These initiatives included, but were not limited to, the university’s transition to digital course materials, the creation of an online academy for high school students, competency-based learning initiatives, professional developing credentialing, articulation agreements, enrollment management, oversight of all academic publications, as well as a variety of teaching and learning initiatives.

Prior to joining Post University, Buban worked in Academic Affairs at SUNY Empire State College. She collaborated on a variety of online learning initiatives including the implementation of ePortfolios, open learning access and opportunities, and prior learning assessment.

Dr. Buban continues to study and present on topics surrounding effective technology use for adult learners in online environments. She is a member of the SSEA Communications Committee, an organization for which she was named an Emerging Scholar in 2012. Given the opportunity, Buban continues to teach in the areas of adult and online learning.