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OER Course Transformation Program 2024 - 2026

Adler University Library announces a 2-year pilot program to fund the adoption of Open Educational Resources (OER) course materials

2024 Recipient of Adler's OER Course Transformation Award

Dr. Peter Ji has received Adler Library's OER Course Transformation Award 2024 to author an open textbook for his course on the Chicago Campus: PSY 737 Statistics. 
PSY 737 is a core, graduate-level course required in several academic programs at Adler University, including the Psy.D. Program.
The faculty author's vision is to create OER course materials which:

  • Address the key learning outcomes and competencies for PSY 737
  • Will use psychology topics to illustrate statistical concepts and explanations specifically tailored for a diverse audience of graduate-level psychology students
  • Will demonstrate how to apply statistics to examine social justice issues

OER Course Transformation Incentive Program

Adler OER Course Transformation Incentive Program 2024 - 2026

Sponsored by Adler University Library, we are pleased to announce a 2-year pilot program to fund the adoption of Open Educational Resources (OER) course materials for 2024 - 2026.  

Funded by the State of Illinois Open Educational Resource Creation Grant, Adler University Library's OER Course Transformation Incentive Program, in support of student success and belonging at Adler University, will fund Adler faculty members' work to switch from the currently-used proprietary course materials to open educational resources (OER). 
OER course materials (e.g. an open textbook) are openly-licensed and zero cost to students.

The high cost of textbooks is one factor affecting Adler University students' learning outcomes and student success. Using course materials that are free to students advances equity and belongingness. Consider the psychological message we send to students regarding who belongs and who does not belong, based on the need to pay expensive tuition and buy a $100 textbook that likely does not reflect any faces that look like theirs. 
Adler University students should not struggle to access their learning materials. Yet, many do, due to the high cost of textbooks and course materials.  Addressing these financial barriers and the inability to see themselves in the curriculum can have a direct impact on students’ sense of belonging, particularly those who come from historically marginalized backgrounds.