Magazine article University Business

Connect Faculty with Innovative Course Materials: Providing Resources Is Essential to Help Faculty Make Educated Decisions about Course Content

Magazine article University Business

Connect Faculty with Innovative Course Materials: Providing Resources Is Essential to Help Faculty Make Educated Decisions about Course Content

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How is content changing in terms of diversity and affordability on campuses?

"Content" used to be more narrow in scope, and referred pretty much exclusively to print textbooks. Today content can mean a wide variety of products, from traditional texts to interactive software. Content can come in a print or digital form, and be sold new or used. There are also new, open-source models that can provide access to everyone in a class at a low cost or for free. The products themselves are changing, in addition to the types of content.

How can administrators help faculty be aware of new course material options?

Institutions are charged with showing how students have demonstrated mastery of concepts. Administrators have to provide tools that facilitate the discoverability of content that aligns with desired student outcomes. Faculty need to be given a trusted place where they can find and evaluate content. When MBS created the first faculty-focused research tool, Faculty Center Network, we created an unbiased location where faculty could review textbooks and see usage data. We know that today's faculty are already using more non-traditional content within their courses, including videos, simulations and other assessment tools. Our goal is to bring together the best of traditional publisher content, non-publisher products and open content in one faculty research and discovery tool.

What challenges and goals are your partner institutions coming to you with? What are the trends and how are successful administrators coordinating change?

Price continues to be a consistent challenge. …

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