Congratulations to Chemeketa instructors, Kristina Powers, Marcus Sharpe and Adam Privitera, who were recently awarded a Open Oregon Educational Resources grant for 2016-2017. Powers, Sharpe and Privitera are expanding the use of OER in the Psychology department, and specifically for PSY 104. Their collaboration is part of the Noba project and the open Workplace Psychology textbook will promote the importance of soft skills, I/O knowledge and the essential workplace laws to prospective workers.
Adam Privitera, was also awarded an individual grant for work with PSY 201, 202: Noba Project and the Online Psychology Lab. Privitera has already adopted a Noba open textbook for his course, and will use grant funding to create test banks, supplementary readings, and assessments in order to enable the entire department to adopt open resources for all sections of these courses.
The Open Oregon Educational Resources grants represent collaborations with 15 different institutions that have the potential to save over 7,000 Oregon students an estimated $1,142,624 in the pilot year of the program. This represents an impact of over $5 in savings for each $1 of grant money spent. Beyond the pilot phase it is expected that these fully accessible and openly licensed course materials will be used even more widely and increase the student savings impact.
More information about the Open Oregon Educational Resources grant can be found at: http://openoregon.org/2016-17-oer-grants-awarded/