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Open educational resources at Notre Dame University, Louaize, Lebanon

TitleOpen educational resources at Notre Dame University, Louaize, Lebanon
Publication TypeWeb Article
Year of Publication2018
AuthorsMcGreal, R.
PublisherContact North/Contact Nord
Access Year2018
EditionSubmitted on Tue, 2018-01-16 10:37
Access Date2018-01-23
DescriptionTools and Trends
Date Published01/2018
Type of WorkDescription
Keywordscase study, course creation, OER awareness, OER implementation, open textbooks, professional development

Notre Dame University-Louaize (NDU) in Lebanon is a Catholic private, non-profit institution of higher education organized according to the American system of higher education. The main driver for the adaptation of OER at Notre Dame University-Louaize is to take advantage of the open resources freely available online from the United States.

A key rationale for piloting OER within the context of Lebanese higher education is the need to deepen student engagement and instill the value of self-directed learning as a strategy transferable to other learning situations. Other opportunities include:

Reducing barriers to learning from ever-increasing textbook costs;
Access to quality learning material in an Arab setting, in addition to textbooks;
Substituting for the static nature of traditional textbooks by more interactive OER lessons or textbooks; and, overall,
Creation of a dynamic, shifting classroom and information with which students can interact by nature of its digital format.

Based on these goals and the exchange with colleagues, a strategic direction was established at NDU for the implementation of OER, as well as promoting a culture of openness. By increasing awareness about the use of OER among faculty, staff and students, and by strategizing the development of OER policies and practices, a new direction was determined.

This article discusses the benefits, challenges and potential of implementing OER at this institution.

More articles can be found at Contact North/Contact Nord: https://teachonline.ca/tools-trends/open-education-resources-oer-applica...


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