Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Open Education Week March 10-15

Everyone knows that textbooks are expensive. Students spend an average of $1,168 a year on textbooks and course materials, which is comparable to a quarter of the cost of tuition at a typical public university and nearly three-quarters at a community college. The week of March 10 – 15 is Open Education Week, a global event to raise awareness of the benefits of free and open sharing in education. Open education refers to the use of “open educational resources” (OER), which are academic materials and practices that are free – meaning no cost – and open – meaning that everyone has the legal permission to use, adapt, and share the content. Imagine textbooks that students can access free online, download and keep forever, and obtain at a low-cost in print. Imagine course content that educators can tailor to fit their teaching style and distribute legally to students anytime, anywhere. Today’s technology makes all of this possible, and open education is making it a reality. For example, librarians at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst and Temple University have worked with faculty to replace expensive textbooks with customized alternatives incorporating OER and other free resources, saving students more than a million dollars to date. If you want more information on how to find open educational resources for your classes please visit http://uncg.libguides.com/scholarlycomm or email the Assistant Dean for Collection Management and Scholarly Communication, Beth Bernhardt at beth_bernhardt@uncg.edu.

The Carolina Peacemaker Editor Afrique Kilimanjaro to Speak at Jackson Library March 19

What is The Carolina Peacemaker and who is the audience?  Where can I get a copy?   For my career interest in journalism, how could I work for The Carolina Peacemaker in the future?   These are just a few of the questions that will be answered on Wednesday, March 19, 2014 at 12:00 noon in the Hodges Reading Room of the University Libraries.  Ms. Afrique Kilimanjaro, Editor of The Carolina Peacemaker will be the featured speaker for this program.  Since 1967, The Carolina Peacemaker has served as North Carolina’s leading news weekly with a national reputation. The Peacemaker has garnered awards from the National Newspaper Publishers Association and the North Carolina Press Association for outstanding news coverage, commentaries, editorial cartoons, sports and entertainment features, photography and effective public service campaigns. Join us as we explore the importance of The Carolina Peacemaker for the Greensboro community.  We invite you to attend this program sponsored by the Libraries Diversity Committee.