Partnerships, Memberships and Resources
The University of North Dakota partners with several organizations that are devoted to evidence-based practices implementing instructional technologies in higher education. Our institutional memberships with these organizations provide UND students, faculty, and staff with free or reduced price access to a variety of open education resources (OER). Research studies, online courses, open textbooks, webinars, journals, assignments, animations, and videos are available, and can be located by searching the organizations' websites. Consult with our Instructional Designers for help in identifying the best resources to achieve your goals.
AAC&U is the leading national association dedicated to advancing the vitality and public standing of liberal education by making quality and equity the foundations for excellence in undergraduate education in service to democracy. Its members are committed to extending the advantages of a liberal education to all students, regardless of academic specialization or intended career. Founded in 1915, AAC&U now comprises 1,400 member institutions—including accredited public and private colleges, community colleges, research universities, and comprehensive universities of every type and size.
UND has an institutional membership to AAC&U. The organization offers a number of free resources to faculty and state at member institutions. Most information is openly available through their website (https://www.aacu.org/). You can also create an account and sign up for their webinars and newsletters on teaching and teaching related issues. Institutional members also receive discount rates on publications and conference registration.
EDUCAUSE is a nonprofit association whose mission is to advance higher education through the use of information technology. The organization helps those who lead, manage, and use information technology to shape strategic decisions at every level. Educause actively engages with colleges and universities, corporations, foundations, government, and other nonprofit organizations to further the mission of transforming higher education through the use of information technology.
Create a User Account: click on the Login link in the top right corner of the website (www.educause.edu). There are many valuable resources available through their website, including research, conferences/events, networking with colleagues, webinars, and initiatives.
Additional EDUCAUSE Resoruces:
EDUCAUSE Center for Analysis and Research (ECAR) www.educause.edu/ecar
ECAR provides user data, higher education technology trends and practices, and collaboration opportunities for IT professionals and higher education leaders. Research publications are listed on the website and are available, through UND’s subscription, to all UND students, faculty, and staff who create profiles in the Educause website.
EDUCAUSE Learning Initiative (ELI) www.educause.edu/eli
ELI supports work with faculty integrating technology into teaching and learning. The Educause Learning Initiative (ELI) is a community of higher education institutions and organizations committed to the advancement of learning through the innovative application of technology. The Educause provides UND students, faculty, and staff with access to ELI events and resources including: white papers and briefs, the always popular 7 Things You Should Know About…™ series, as well as podcasts, videos, and online event archives to keep you well-informed of emerging trends.
MERLOT is a curated collection of free and open online teaching, learning, and faculty development services contributed to and used by an international education community. The University of North Dakota has been working with MERLOT since 2008 to shape and support the Open Education Resource (OER) Community in Higher Education and K-12 schools.
All students, faculty, and staff can become members, and a part of the expanding OER initiative. There are many different opportunities available to members, including searching for, using, and reviewing existing resources in the collection, which is an easy way to start. You can add your own resources to the collection, making them available to faculty and students worldwide. Members can also connect with colleagues through the membership network to collaborate on research, be a virtual guest speaker, or just learn more about what others are doing in classrooms throughout the world.
MERLOT collaborates with the Online Learning Consortium - OLC Innovate - to host an annual national conference. UND’s partnership with MERLOT provides reduced pricing to attend.
Create a User Account:
- Visit https://www.merlot.org/merlot/index.htm
- Click on the Login/Sign Up link in the top right corner of the website.
- In the login box, click on Not a Member? Sign Up Now!
By creating a user account you will have access to more resources, contact names of contributors, access to contribute your own resources to share with others, and the option to review other resources. Resources include over 100,000 different learning objects; online textbooks, online courses, animations, assignments, open journal articles, and quizzes as a few examples. Check out what is available in your discipline. Use of resources is, generally, identified by Creative Commons Licensing.
The Online Learning Consortium (OLC) is the leading professional organization devoted to advancing quality online learning by providing professional development, instruction, best practice publications and guidance to educators, online learning professionals and organizations around the world. OLC is a key factor in the transformation of the e-Education field. Through conferences, quality learning opportunities, and tools for individual and institutional success, OLC has been a part of this swift growth.
The real value of OLC is being part of a global community. Through OLC's organization UND faculty staff and students join hundreds of institutions and corporations in over 14 countries dedicated to the advancement of best practices in online learning. Services available include; faculty training, leadership development, and access to subject matter experts (SMEs). Individuals can benefit from recognized leader affiliation, training by industry experts, networking with community and colleagues, access to scholarly information, and professional development.
Create a User Account: To create a user account, go to the Online Learning Consortium website, http://onlinelearningconsortium.org/ click on LOGIN and select CREATE A NEW ACCOUNT. Be sure to select University of North Dakota as your affiliation. Check out the workshops, webinars, journals, and conferences available to you.
UND has access to open educational resources which include full courses, course materials, modules, textbooks, streaming videos, tests, software, and any other tools, materials, or techniques used to support access to knowledge.
WCET is the leader in the policy, practice, and advocacy of technology-enhanced learning in higher education. WCET is widely recognized as one of the most informative, reliable, and forward-thinking organizations regarding the role of technology and innovation in higher education. Connect with WCET – wcet.wiche.edu.