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ND University System

The North Dakota University System is seeing growth in the use of “open educational resources.”

"In its simplest form, it's electronic versions of textbooks," said NDUS vice-chancellor for academic and student affairs Richard Rothaus. "But its more exciting form includes multi-media, video simulations, games, links to historic documents -- the whole gamut of pulling in what is out there that is available and free."

Rothaus said the Legislature invested $100,000 in promoting the use of OER in college classes.

The North Dakota University System has been working on the concept of “open educational resources” – that is, having textbooks and materials provided to students on-line at no cost.

As Prairie Public’s Dave Thompson reports, this could save students substantial money.

Tanya Spilovoy is the director for distance education for the North Dakota University System. She’s been working on the open educational resource project since 2013. Spilovoy says there are two goals. One:

“To reduce the cost of textbooks for students.”

A survey of North Dakota faculty shows most have heard of “open source educational materials” – textbooks and other things available on line at little or no charge.

“Open source” could save students a lot of money in textbooks.

Tanya Spilovoy is the director of distance education for the North Dakota University System. She’s heading the open source project in North Dakota.

"If you dig down a little bit further, they know all the details about it," Spilovoy said. "Our faculty have heard of it. It's a great start."

LRSC professor writes open textbook

Jan 20, 2015

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