Why We’re Effective

We apply evidence-based practices to improve learning and teaching, and we use learning data to make OER course materials better and better at supporting student learning.

Resources:  Faculty Tips for Teaching with Lumen Courseware

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Looking for best practices about how Lumen courseware supports effective teaching and learning?

This page features videos, faculty tips, FAQs, and other materials to help you get oriented and ready to teach, quickly and effectively. Read more >

Professional Development: Peer Communities Helping Faculty Teach Effectively

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Regardless of which course materials you use, Lumen Circles provide a unique growth experience for faculty members.

You can join with peers in virtual peer communities to explore evidence-based teaching practices, apply them in your teaching, and see the impact on student learning. Read more >

Dig Deeper: The Continuous Improvement Process

Working Together to Continuously Improve Learning

How can we work together as a community to improve student learning? Learning data and the 5R permissions of OER make it possible. Read more > 

A Framework for Continuously Improving OER

Lumen’s research method and process for identifying where and how to improve OER content, to make the greatest impact on learning. Read more >

New Book Chapter on Continuous Improvement

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Read the chapter by Lumen’s own David Wiley, Ross Strader, and Robert Bodily, Continuous Improvement of Instructional Materials, in the new open book Design for Learning: Principles, Processes, and Praxis.

How We Make a Difference

For Faculty

Take Charge of Your Curriculum

  • Apply evidence-based course materials and teaching practices

  • Organize your course with well-aligned digital content and supplemental materials

  • Seamlessly integrate into your current LMS

For Students

Track struggles and success

  • Eliminate expensive textbook costs

  • Easy access to interactive, engaging course materials

  • Immediate feedback and nudges to support effective learning

For Learning

Make a Measurable Impact

  • Documented increases in passing and completion rates
  • Engineered learning design
  • Data-driven continuous improvements to course materials


A Framework for Continuous Improvement of OER

By David Wiley, Chief Academic Officer The potential of the "data revolution" in teaching and learning, just as in other sectors, is to create much more timely feedback loops for tracking the effectiveness of a [...]

Students Save Thousands Using OER

Providing academic research to back up claims about cost savings attributed to open educational resources, this study documents the textbook cost to students before and after OER adoption at eight institutions in a variety [...]

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Success Stories

Odessa College Fuels Student Success with OER Courseware

Open educational resources (OER) play a central role in Odessa College’s relentless efforts to remove obstacles to student success. Partnering with Lumen Learning to provide state-of-the-art OER courseware designed to strengthen learning for at-risk students, Odessa [...]

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Southeast Missouri State University

Seeking a Better Math Solution In 2017, Southeast Missouri State University (SEMO) campus leaders were getting an earful from students and parents about the unreasonable cost of the online homework system required for math courses. [...]

University of Mississippi

https://youtu.be/QRXwYgjuoGU   Addressing College Readiness Gaps in First-Year Composition First-year students enter the University of Mississippi with varying degrees of readiness for college-level writing. Student preparation gaps are evident in foundational content knowledge and rhetorical [...]

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Calculate Impact

OER Adoption Impact Calculator

Find out how much you can save for your students… and your college.

Craft Policy

OER Policy Development Tool

Combine proven policies to develop a unique approach to your OER Initiative.