Improving Affordability and Student Success:

OER Courses for Ivy Tech

Over the past three years, Ivy Tech has partnered with Lumen Learning to design courses using open educational resources (OER) that improve learning and replace expensive textbooks in high-enrollment subjects. With a cost of just $10-$20 per enrolled student, these courses often surprise faculty members by their combination of quality, ease of adoption, and affordability.

Ivy Tech’s OER initiative is led by an OER Cross Discipline Team made up of program chairs, department chairs and deans from across the College. It was formed in 2016 to prioritize courses for the transition to OER, and to oversee quality in the course development process. Ivy Tech partners with leading OER provider Lumen Learning to support content curation, creation, and delivery of OER content.

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Ivy Tech OER Courses

View the Ivy Tech OER Course Catalog or click on a course name to view OER course materials

Ivy Tech OER Courses

Ivy Tech instructional design teams developed the courses below, customized for the needs of Ivy Tech students. Math course are delivered using Lumen’s OHM (online homework system) format, and all other subjects are provided in Lumen’s Candela (eBook) format. All Lumen courses include seamless integration with Canvas.

Waymaker OER Courses

Also approved for use at Ivy Tech are Lumen’s Waymaker courses. They combine great OER content, learning design, and personalization to improve student outcomes.

How to Adopt an OER Course

Use the course links above to preview course materials and find course(s) you’d like to adopt. Click “Request More Info” to ask questions or request a demo.

Click the “Adopt a Course” button and complete the form to indicate the courses you’re interested in.

Contact your campus course builder to add the “OMSF” (Open Material Selection Fee) attribute to your course in Banner. This designates the section as OER. It automatically adds a fee of $10-$20 per student, replacing the textbook cost. This fee guarantees day one access to course content for students. It also funds Ivy Tech’s future OER development and the technical support and OER expertise provided by Lumen.

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Types of Lumen Courses

All Lumen courses curate the best available open educational resources (OER) aligned with learning outcomes. Lumen offers three types of digital course materials, each with unique tools wrapped around the OER content. Most Ivy Tech-developed courses are provided in the Candela (e-book) format, with math course developed using OHM (online homework system). Some, such as College Success, include extensive customization to meet the needs of Ivy Tech students.

Ivy Tech faculty may also consider Waymaker courses, which provide personalized study plans and time-saving messaging tools that improve faculty-student connections. Lumen uses learning data from Waymaker courses to identify trouble spots, analyze why students struggle, and implement updates to improve student success. Research indicates Waymaker courses can improve completion rates and student outcomes, particularly for disadvantaged students.

Extremely affordable and highly customizable e-book with curated text, video, interactives, and other learning materials to replace expensive textbooks.

  • 20 courses customized specifically for Ivy Tech students

  • OER for 60+ courses

  • Customizable curriculum

Candela Toolkit

A short guided video tour of Candela courses and how they work

View, download, or print Lumen’s complete course list, including Candela courses

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User-friendly digital courseware with data-driven learning design, personalization, and messaging tools that can increase student engagement, persistence, and passing rates.

  • Personalized study plans

  • Texts and supplemental materials

  • Real-time feedback

  • Easier communication & connection

Waymaker Toolkit

A short guided video tour of Waymaker courses and how they work

View, download, or print Lumen’s complete course list, including Waymaker courses

Brochure about Waymaker, its key features, and how it works

Step by step quickstart guide for configuring and teaching Waymaker courses

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Flexible, LMS-integrated math homework engine with learning content and activities you tailor to fit your students’ needs.

  • Instruction & homework system

  • Customizable courses

  • Immediate feedback for students

  • Ongoing faculty support

OHM Toolkit

View, download, or print Lumen’s complete course list, including OHM courses

Brochure about Lumen OHM, its key features, and how it works

Step by step quickstart guide for building a course with Lumen OHM

Playlist of training videos on how to build and customize courses in OHM

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Make an Impact on Learning

Research shows more students stay enrolled and pass the course when using Waymaker course materials from Lumen Learning.

We also use learning data to identify areas where students stumble. These insights drive targeted improvements to strengthen learning.

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Lumen Learning FAQ

What is Lumen Learning, and what does it do with OER?

Lumen Learning provides digital course materials that replace expensive textbooks in high-enrollment college courses, saving students millions of dollars every term. We take the best available open educational resources (OER) and add timely updates, learning design, and technical support to make the transition to open content simple, reliable, and effective for instructors and students. Visit our Course Catalog to view 50+ high enrollment courses designed using OER.

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Are Lumen course materials accessible?

Yes. Lumen courseware aims to adhere to the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 2.0 (WCAG) Level AA Success Criteria, a standard that meets or surpasses requirements for Section 508 compliance. Standard design features include text readability via screen readers; alt-text for every image; quality captioning and transcripts for every video or multimedia piece; and text alternatives for interactives and simulations.

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Why are Lumen course materials so affordable?

Lumen courses are designed using open educational resources (OER)–learning materials that reside in the public domain or are licensed to allow them to be freely used and repurposed by others. Because our content doesn’t rely on the traditional (expensive) textbook model, we can offer very cost-effective course materials to faculty and students. We can also make quick, timely updates without waiting for multi-year publishing cycles.

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Do these OER courses work with my Canvas course shell?

Lumen supports simple, seamless integration with Canvas. Students and faculty can access Lumen course materials through Ivy Tech’s Canvas. Waymaker and OHM courses also offer automatic grade return for built-in quizzes and graded assessments.

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Lumen provides a simple, well-supported path for faculty to teach with open educational resources inside your LMS

  • Resolves textbook access/affordability for students

  • Customizable materials instructors can use as-is or adapt to fit their needs

  • Better student outcomes validated by research

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