Open Educational Resources
Follett to Integrate Lumen Learning OER Courseware
A new partnership between Follett and Lumen Learning will make Lumen's open educational resources (OER) available through Follett's IncludED program and Follett Discover infrastructure. As a result, Lumen's OER courseware will be available to 1,200-plus colleges and universities where Follett manages course materials delivery.
The integration "makes it easy for faculty members to find and evaluate Lumen's OER course materials, and through the IncludED program, students pay low-cost Lumen course support fees ranging from $10 to $25, far less than the average cost of a commercial textbook," according to a news release.
"With OER becoming part of mainstream college curriculum, institutions are pushing us to provide faster, more integrated ways to make this learning innovation fit easily into existing administrative and funding processes," said Kim Thanos, CEO of Lumen Learning, in a statement. "By partnering with Follett, we are increasing the numbers of faculty and students who can enjoy the benefits of open educational resources and the Lumen approach."
Follett has also joined investors Portland Seed Fund, Alliance of Angels and others to fund a second round of financing for Lumen Learning, which will help the company "accelerate the development of new course subjects and expand efficacy research to guide data-driven improvements to its learning materials, courseware platform and open education practices," the news release noted.
For more information, visit the Follett site.
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