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Free Resources for Better
Student Retention
Greg Hardin
Information Literacy Coordinator
University of North Texas
Why
“Open Education Fact Sheet” by SPARC is licensed under CC BY 3.0
Benefits
Student Benefits
● Creative use of OERs offer tangible benefits in student success
and retention, resulting in me...
OPEN
High Impact Practices
● First-Year Experiences
● Common Intellectual Experiences
● Learning Communities
● Writing-Intensiv...
Library Resources
Textbooks
● Open Textbook Library
● OER Commons
● Open Stax
Open
● MERLOT
● CORA
● PRIMO
● OER Commons
● ACRL Sandbox
Books
● Mainly digitized from print
○ HathiTrust Digital Library
○ Project Gutenberg
● New OA books
○ Directory of Open Ac...
Evaluation
● Discoverability
● Accessibility
● Authority
● Quality
● Appropriateness
● Usability
● Currency
Thank You!
Greg Hardin, M.L.S.
Associate Librarian
Information Literacy Coordinator
University of North Texas Libraries
Gr...
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Learn how to champion open access and open textbooks that make education more affordable. Educators can build their own tools, make them available to others and ultimately save money for everyone involved.
Emily Billings (moderator), Yunfei Du, and Greg G. Hardin, University of North Texas; Nicole Finkbeiner, Rice University's OpenStax; and Bruce Herbert, Texas A&M University.

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Free Resources for Better Student Retention

  1. 1. Free Resources for Better Student Retention Greg Hardin Information Literacy Coordinator University of North Texas
  2. 2. Why “Open Education Fact Sheet” by SPARC is licensed under CC BY 3.0
  3. 3. Benefits Student Benefits ● Creative use of OERs offer tangible benefits in student success and retention, resulting in measurable performance increases. ● Students who used open textbooks tended to have higher grades and lower withdrawal rates. ● Cost Savings. Faculty Benefits ● Re-professionalizing teaching. ● Pedagogical Freedom.
  4. 4. OPEN
  5. 5. High Impact Practices ● First-Year Experiences ● Common Intellectual Experiences ● Learning Communities ● Writing-Intensive Courses ● Collaborative Assignments and Projects ● Undergraduate Research ● Diversity/Global Learning ● Service Learning, Community-Based Learning ● Internships ● Capstone Courses and Projects https://www.aacu.org/resources/high-impact-practices
  6. 6. Library Resources
  7. 7. Textbooks ● Open Textbook Library ● OER Commons ● Open Stax
  8. 8. Open ● MERLOT ● CORA ● PRIMO ● OER Commons ● ACRL Sandbox
  9. 9. Books ● Mainly digitized from print ○ HathiTrust Digital Library ○ Project Gutenberg ● New OA books ○ Directory of Open Access Books (scholarly) ■ OAPEN Library ● Open Library (popular; mix of new & old books) ● Open Access journals -- DOAJ ● Repositories ○ OpenDOAR ● OA academic databases like PubMed Central ● Google Scholar Articles
  10. 10. Evaluation ● Discoverability ● Accessibility ● Authority ● Quality ● Appropriateness ● Usability ● Currency
  11. 11. Thank You! Greg Hardin, M.L.S. Associate Librarian Information Literacy Coordinator University of North Texas Libraries Greg.Hardin@unt.edu @ghardin

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