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LCC Administrator Selected as OER Research Fellow

August 8, 2017

LANSING, MICH. - Regina Gong, librarian and Open Educational Resources (OER) project manager at Lansing Community College (LCC) has been named a 2017 – 2018 research fellow with the Open Education Group.

The Open Education Group (OEG) is operated through the David O. McKay School of Education at Brigham Young University. The OEG is committed to expanding the research base on the cost-savings, outcomes, use and perceptions of open educational resources. They received the 2017 Excellence in Research Award from the international Open Education Consortium. This is the third year of fellowships funded by the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation.

Gong was one of 27 research fellows selected for this honor from a very strong applicant pool. Recipients are part of a fellowship program that lasts for 18 months and has an approximate value of $5,000. Collectively the fellows represent 24 institutions of higher education. With an increasing number of educators and students using open education resources, this fellowship provides an outstanding opportunity to increase the research base on open educational resources.

Gong plans to research on the impact of OER on student outcomes.

"We already know that the use of OER saved our students money and made the cost of attending LCC more affordable. However, we do not know if OER usage had an effect in terms of the percentage of students receiving a grade of 2.0 or better; changes in drop, fail, withdrawal, incomplete (DFWI) rates; enrollment intensity; and persistence."

In addition to measuring student outcomes with using OER, Gong also plans to explore how the level of engagement of faculty with OER had an effect, if any, on improvements in student learning.

"It is important for us to know because we are moving from just adopting an existing OER, to adapting, remixing, and creating new OER."

For more information regarding LCC and the OER initiative, please contact Regina Gong at 517-483-1663 or gongr1@star.lcc.edu.

About Lansing Community College

Lansing Community College is Michigan's third largest community college with approximately 15,000 students attending each year. LCC offers courses in general education for those interested in transferring to a four-year institution, career and workforce development, developmental education, and personal enrichment. To meet the professional development and training needs of regional employees, the college offers customized programs for credit, non-credit, and continuing education. The University Center at LCC offers students the opportunity to earn bachelor's and master's degrees from six partner universities on the downtown LCC campus. For more information, visit lcc.edu.

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