The challenge of making Web-based education economically sustainable without grants and contracts has vexed the OER community from its beginning. This project would support the development, implementation, and management of an OER website messaging system designed to give students valuable information and generate revenue to support OER websites. If the system proves successful, this major achievement would help define a revenue model for the sustainability of other OER projects.
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Grants to this Grantee
for a series of technical standards and challenges meetings of OER practitioners
Since its founding in 2003, the Monterey Institute for Technology and Education has assembled a large collection of multimedia-rich course content supporting U.S. middle school, high school, and college curricula and made it available as OER. The Institute proposes to act as a hub to convene a number of OER practitioners who can break through some of the technical bottlenecks in the field, such as transitioning to HTML5 for mobile and tablet support and increasing data sharing. This series of meetings will provide capacity to advance technical standards work in OER and modernize some OER in the marketplace.
for facilitating search and discovery of personalized educational resources
Monterey Institute for Technology and Education proposes to continue work on the prototype of EdReady, a novel application designed to use assessments and other relevant data to help students identify their postsecondary options. The Institute also will test the capacity of EdReady to host and manage a variety of assessments, including those specifically designed to evaluate deeper learning.
for OER developmental math courses for community colleges
This grant would help the Monterey Institute for Technology and Education build the next generation of instructional materials to support U.S. community college developmental mathematics courses. More than half the students entering community college are required to take remedial math before they can take credit-earning courses. Fewer than half pass these remedial courses and continue their college studies. Many fail and drop out. The materials will be offered as OER to all individual students and instructors and will be available to all academic institutions as part of membership in the National Repository of Online Courses Network. The project will also develop an enterprise to support the nationwide distribution and use of the instructional materials, with a focus on reaching low-income and underserved communities. In addition, this enterprise will generate sufficient revenue to become operationally self-sufficient.