Introduction to Open Educational Resources (OER)

$250.00

Credits: 2.25 CEUs or 22.5 PDHs

This interactive six-week course is structured around crafting a final proposal for an OER initiative. In the first three weeks, we will learn the building blocks for OER outreach, including definitions and misconceptions of OER, where to find OER, and tips for conveying the many benefits of open education to administrators and faculty. The last three weeks will center on leveraging each participant’s own campus culture to build and refine an OER initiative proposal. Through peer and instructor feedback, we will discuss considerations for promoting the program and application process, logistics for distributing faculty stipends, suggestions for creating a thoughtful support structure for faculty adoption, and potential points for collaboration with instructional technologists and other groups on campus.

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2.25 CEUs or 22.5 PDHs

Course Description

Open educational resources (OER) are learning objects that have been shared under an intellectual property license that enables others to use, revise, and share them freely. In addition to offering an answer to the rising cost of course materials, OER can transform pedagogy and improve student retention and success.

Yet, many librarians still have a significant knowledge gap in this area. Launching a new OER initiative can be difficult and overwhelming. In addition to being able to find and evaluate OER, librarians must understand one’s campus culture, faculty, and administration in order to create a successful and relevant program.

This interactive six-week course is structured around crafting a final proposal for an OER initiative. In the first three weeks, we will learn the building blocks for OER outreach, including definitions and misconceptions of OER, where to find OER, and tips for conveying the many benefits of open education to administrators and faculty. The last three weeks will center on leveraging each participant’s own campus culture to build and refine an OER initiative proposal. Through peer and instructor feedback, we will discuss considerations for promoting the program and application process, logistics for distributing faculty stipends, suggestions for creating a thoughtful support structure for faculty adoption, and potential points for collaboration with instructional technologists and other groups on campus.

Course learning objectives:

  • Define what Open Educational Resources are and explain how they differ from free learning objects
  • Articulate the benefits of open education in order to be conversant with faculty members and other stakeholders of varying backgrounds and interests
  • Articulate the strengths, weaknesses, and coverage of several OER repositories in order to help faculty efficiently locate relevant OER
  • Identify challenges for doing OER outreach at your specific institution in order to create outreach that is institutionally relevant and sustainable

Lillian Hogendoorn

Lillian HogendoornLillian Hogendoorn is the Digital Access and Open Educational Resources Lead at eCampusOntario, a nonprofit that provides infrastructure and training for open and technology enabled postsecondary education for Ontario's 45 colleges and universities. At eCampusOntario, Lillian works with librarians and content creators to engage with Open Educational Resources and advocate for programs and policy that facilitate increased use of OER. Lillian received her Master of Information in Library and Information Science from the University of Toronto. She has previously held Scholarly Communication librarian positions at universities at North Carolina State University Libraries and Western University Libraries. Lillian lives and works on the unceded territory of the Anishinabewaki, Huron-Wendat, and Haudenosauneega peoples.

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