Dr. Alley on OPEN Educational Resources:
OER is a fantastic way to give back to the community. We have heard from students and teachers in public education and homeschooling, in colleges and universities, and from citizens outside education who have used and enjoyed our courseware. Our Geology of the National Parks, Geosc 10, has been a fascinating journey, with experts from Penn State's WPSU teaching filming to a dozen advanced students who then went with us to the bottom of the Grand Canyon, the Petrified Forest, Mesa Verde and more. Their film clips, the online text we wrote, the slide shows, "rock videos" and supporting materials provide a real resource motivating solid science from some of the greatest places on the planet. These experiences have benefitted many Penn State students, and OER makes this resource available to everyone.