OpenNow

The Future of OER is NOW.

Designed to help higher education institutions and instructors easily access and use OER, OpenNow delivers curriculum-aligned OER content on an intuitive, outcomes-based platform.

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We’ve watched innovation transform access to content across many spheres of our lives—television, movies, music and more. Why should education be left behind in this revolution? At Cengage, we’re helping institutions, faculty—and above all—students maximize their path to affordability—whether with print, rental, OER, subscription or a combination suited for diverse learning needs.

With courses starting at just $30 per student per course, OpenNow offers access to high-quality materials at an affordable price. Additionally, beginning in January 2019 all OpenNow courses will be accessible within a Cengage Unlimited subscription.


Overcoming the Obstacles in OER

Integrating OER is a complex task and many instructors don’t know where to start.

50%

of instructors found it difficult to find what they needed in OER resources

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47%

of instructors said there was a lack of resources for their subject area

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29%

of instructors had concerns about updates to OER materials

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What is OpenNow?

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Available Courses

  • College Algebra
  • General Chemistry
  • Macroeconomics
  • Microeconomics
  • Concepts of Biology
  • Psychology
  • US History
  • American Government
  • Sociology
  • College Success
  • English Composition
  • Developmental English

Coming in January 2019!

  • Intro to Biology - For Majors
  • English Composition II

OpenNow courses coming to Cengage Unlimited in January 2019. LEARN MORE →


What are Instructors Saying about OpenNow?

86 percent

of instructors said they would use OpenNow again

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93 percent

of instructors would recommend OpenNow to a colleague

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71 percent

of instructors believe students received a higher grade or learned more as a result of OpenNow

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The OpenNow Course Experience

Quality OER at Your Fingertips

  • High-quality, 100% OER narrative and assessment content from Cengage, OpenStax and other third-party sources.
  • CC-BY-licensed (5Rs), so instructors and institutions can adapt and reuse all narrative and assessment content as needed.
  • Compliant with WCAG 2.0AA standards and universally designed to work on all devices.
  • Curated, designed and maintained by the Cengage Curriculum Services team.
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Consistent Design

  • Outcomes-based design provides personalized learning, remediation and mastery.
  • 3 types of consistent assessment use 1,200+ written or curated questions per course; diagnostic to determine learning path, concept checks with remediation in every lesson and end-of-module quizzes.
  • Data-driven Performance Dashboards enable instructors to easily view their OpenNow class by learner to see activity, grades, progress and areas at risk. They can also view their class by competency to see where the class—as a whole—needs more help.
  • Instructor resources, such as: Final Exam, PowerPoint Slides and Instructor's Manual are included with every OpenNow course.

Improved Student Engagement

  • Dynamic learning environment enhances student engagement with over 65 videos integrated into each OpenNow course.
  • Individual and group chat allow students to easily connect with their OpenNow instructor and classmates.

  • Dashboards allow students to easily track their progress within individual modules and the collective course.

  • Modern, mobile-friendly platform enables OpenNow students to access course materials on the go, across a variety of devices.

Still Need More?

Our team can also personalize any OpenNow course to meet your specific needs. These highly collaborative, optional design services allow you to create a customized solution that can scale to your institution as needed.

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Collaborating Partners

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OER In Action Infographic

81% of students say easily accessible digital course materials would have a positive impact on their grades. Read about how OpenNow is aiding learners.

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Press Release

“It’s time for the non-profit organizations and for-profit companies to work together in support of our students.”

– Barbara Illowsky, OER & Innovation Fellow at The Michelson 20MM Foundation.

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OER resources

Open for Learning

Discover OER and Resources to Make Education More Affordable in Partnership with Cengage. Chat about OER with us at OpenEd, WCET’s Annual Meeting, and OLC Accelerate.

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OER and the Online Learner

As Open Educational Resource (OER) initiatives become more and more prevalent in online programs, quality and accessibility remain top of mind for an inclusive, engaging teaching and learning experience. 

This webinar highlights resources available to keep OER front and center in digital learning environments and features leading OER practitioners and subject matter experts including: Dr. Barbara Illowsky, OER & Innovation Fellow, The Michelson 20MM Foundation, Dr. Jeff Seaman, Director at Babson Survey Research Group, and Lisa Heller Boragine, Professor at Cape Cod Community College.

The OER Moment

The OER Moment

1 in 5 college students has skipped or deferred a class due to cost of course materials. Luckily, the world of OER is propelling affordable options for institutions and subsequently their students. However, learners and instructors alike want more than PDF content; they want a blended, personalized experience.

In partnership with Inside Higher Ed, this publication explores how institutions are going beyond OER, while still achieving affordability. With the right combination of open resources, technology and learning design expertise, the OER Moment is NOW.

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The Advantages of OER

As Chief Innovation Officer at UT-Austin, Phil Long is a widely respected leader in innovative technologies and techniques in education and learning.

Hear why he thinks Open Educational Resources have unique advantages for students and instructors alike.


What are Students Saying about OpenNow?

87 percent

of students would recommend OpenNow

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90 percent

of students would use OpenNow again

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86 percent

of students felt more prepared in class using OpenNow

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Cengage Unlimited       OpenNow

At Cengage, we know that access to education doesn’t end with simply getting into school; it’s imperative that students have access—each and every day—to affordable, high-quality learning materials and support systems to keep them in school and help them thrive.  That’s why we’re breaking the mold to provide students with choices that remove obstacles. It’s clear one size doesn’t fit all, so we offer an array of options, enabling each student and every institution to find the most effective learning materials.

Beginning in January 2019, this includes the addition of our suite of technology-enhanced OER courses, OpenNow, to Cengage Unlimited subscriptions. Cengage Unlimited is the first-of-its-kind digital subscription offering students all-you-can-learn access to course materials—for one affordable price—regardless of course load, ensuring students have their materials on day one. Students can access our entire library of over 20,000 digital learning assets across 675 courses, including ebooks, digital learning platforms and study tools.