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Open learning resources are being developed both to make college more affordable for students, by providing no or low cost alternatives to textbooks, and to improve learning outcomes by incorporating interactive technologies into online supplementary materials. Here are several important projects in this arena:

Carnegie Melon's Open Learning Initiative has developed courses and courseware primarily in math, science and engineering which use "intelligent tutoring systems, virtual laboratories, simulations, and frequent opportunities for assessment and feedback." All of their courseware includes sophisticated feedback loops for students in instructors. Some materials are free, others have a small cost.

The National Repository of Online Courses (NROC) offers a "growing library of high-quality online course content for students and faculty in higher education, high school and Advanced Placement." Some materials are free, others require a license.

MERLOT (Multimedia Educational Resource for Learning and Online Teaching) offers peer reviewed online teaching and learning materials, which can be accessed by discipline. Merlot also invites faculty to join and contribute your own materials.

CTDLC's open source supplementary materials for basic writing skills are available at: Write!

The Washington State Community and Technical Colleges are being funded to redesign the 81 high-enrollment courses and reduce textbook costs by creating new open source resources for faculty and Students. Additional information about the project can be found on their wiki. http://opencourselibrary.wikispaces.com

University System of Ohio will award 10 faculty members and/or teams from Ohio's public universities, regional branch campuses, community colleges, and adult career centers for work they have done to introduce digital course materials in the classroom that enrich learning and make college textbooks more affordable for their students.

Please let us know about other initiatives that will help bring down the cost of education and improve learning for all students.
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