Introduction to Open Educational Resources (OER)

$200.00

Dates: January 2 - January 29

Credits: 1.5 CEUs or 15 PDHs

This interactive four-week course supports librarians in facilitating OER adoptions, even if your institution has yet to invest resources in OER initiatives. Through applied learning, peer interaction, and instructor feedback, you’ll practice the skills librarians need to be catalysts for OER at our institutions. This course is designed to accommodate participants across a wide range of prior knowledge and skills.

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Session

Credits

1.5 CEUs or 15 PDHs

Registration dates

We accept registrations through the first week of classes, unless enrollment is full, and unless the class was canceled before it started due to low enrollment.

Course Description

Open Educational Resources (OER) are learning materials shared at no cost under intellectual property licenses that enable others to reuse, revise, and share them with more flexibility than traditionally copyrighted materials. OER make education more accessible to students and offer faculty more pedagogical freedom.

Faculty and administrators curious about OER often come to librarians first. Few library workers have OER listed as part of our duties, and many of us have knowledge gaps in this area. As such, we struggle to allocate sufficient time to adequately support OER-interested faculty or spearhead OER initiatives.

This interactive four-week course supports librarians in facilitating OER adoptions, even if your institution has yet to invest resources in OER initiatives. Through applied learning, peer interaction, and instructor feedback, you’ll practice the skills librarians need to be catalysts for OER at our institutions. This course is designed to accommodate participants across a wide range of prior knowledge and skills.

By the end of this course, you will be able to: Explain how Creative Commons licenses work and describe the freedoms granted by various open licenses. Experiment with search strategies for OER and compare several OER referatories. Practice applying OER evaluation frameworks that center equity, diversity, inclusion, and accessibility. Create a deliverable that supports OER adoption at your institution.

Colleen Sanders

Colleen Sanders (MLS, M. Ed.) is a librarian and instructional designer with an evergreen curiosity for how open education may transform teaching and learning. She currently serves as the OER and Course Materials Affordability Faculty at Linn-Benton Community College in Albany Oregon where she supports faculty in academic and technical fields to combine access with inclusive pedagogy. Her work advocating for strong OER policy and analysis of commercial textbook affordability programs earned an Open Oregon Educational Resources OER Champion award in 2019. She is a graduate of the Creative Commons Certificate program and a member of the Open Education Network’s first Certificate in Open Educational Practices cohort. Colleen hopes to empower librarians to leverage open practices to create more equitable, critical, and relevant information services.

Quill West

Quill West has been an open education leader and advocate throughout her career and currently serves as Open Education Project Manager at Pierce College, in the Puget Sound region of Washington State. As a librarian seeking to forward open education work, Quill has helped many institutions launch and sustain open education initiatives. She headed the Library as Open Education Leader project, which invited and trained librarians in Washington to become advocates for OER in their own institutions. She collaborates with colleagues to create, adopt, adapt, and support open education projects, particularly where students shape the materials as they learn.

How to Register

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Special Session

Please contact us to arrange a special session of this class for a group of seven or more, with a negotiable discount, or to be notified when it is next scheduled.

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