4. Researching improvements

The National Science Foundation approved $2 million in funding for a team of researchers from the University of Nebraska, Cornell and the University of Maine to investigate the effects of open educational resources. The project, announced in August, focuses on undergraduate biology instruction using materials published through CourseSource, a website for peer-reviewed physics and biology materials.

Researchers plan to review CourseSource’s offerings, interview authors and site users and design assessments to gauge the effects of implementing open resources, according to the University of Nebraska.

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