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Open Education

Expanding educational opportunities is more possible now than it has ever been before. Through the internet, learners can find information instantly on virtually any topic, educators can share their knowledge with students on another continent almost as easily as in their own classroom, and educational materials can be disseminated to a worldwide audience at virtually no marginal cost.

Open Education encompasses resources, tools and practices that are free of legal, financial and technical barriers and can be fully used, shared and adapted in the digital environment. Open Education maximizes the power of the internet to make education more affordable, accessible and effective.

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Illinois State Library OER Grant

Have you been thinking about developing an Open Educational Resource (OER) for your course? The Illinois State Library is offering grants (up to $150,000) for the development of one or more OER projects within an institution. NIU Libraries is seeking faculty with an idea for an eligible OER to be included in our application. Learn more and submit your ideas!

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