A Global Conversation About OER

In anticipation of our time together on Thursday, 2/5/15 in the CML at 3:00, we have some more materials that can help shed more light on Open Educational Resources  (OER) if you aren’t as familiar with them as we may be. If you are starting at zero, Creative Commons has a good point of departure to help define what they are. The New Media Consortium has a good overview in this PDF as well, approaching it from the standpoint of how libraries can play a role in partnering with faculty when they look at adopting OER.

We have a bit of a history using OER at Lane and are perceived as a leader in the way we’ve encouraged faculty participation in the adoption of OER in classes. While this has been a great start, we have only just begun and are looking how the college should move forward.

In addition to the materials we sent out on Monday, we’ve added a few more to see different perspectives on OER from students and faculty at Lane.

Students Discuss Their Experiences with Open Educational Resources (OER)

Faculty Discuss Their Experiences with Open Educational Resources (OER)

Results from an ASLCC survey of students on main campus in the Fall of 2014. This was a face to face poll of the Lane student body, originating from the work that ASLCC had taken amongst themselves to do.

Join Us for a Global Conversation About Open Educational Resources

You are cordially invited to join us for the next topic in Lane’s Global Conversation series. Bill Schuetz and Ian Coronado will be asking for input around the topic of Open Educational Resources (OER) and what should be done to encourage their adoption at Lane.

The meeting will be February 5th, from 3:00pm to 4:30 in CML 214.

In advance of the meeting, we’ve included some resources to help bring you up to speed.

What are Open Educational Resources?

What do other educators say about them?

A Qualitative Investigation of Faculty Open Educational Resource Usage in the Washington Community and Technical College System: Models for Support and Implementation

What have other colleges done with OER?

 Adopting OER: A Case Study of Cross-Institutional Collaboration and Innovation

Maricopa Millions

Maricopa Community Colleges District has the goal of trying to save students 5 million dollars over the next 5 years in textbook costs by offering OER or low-cost alternatives. They seem to be on track as they were able to hit 1.4 million in savings in their 1st year alone.

Part of their solution includes a class search option that filters out any classes that has a textbook cost greater than $40.


Can I Still Publish My Materials If I Use Them In An OER?

At times, someone will ask if OERs and publishing are mutually exclusive.  “If I do this, won’t I be excluding myself out of the publishing community?”

Given how easy it is now to self-publish, the answer is definitely no.  Seth Godin has a few words on this topic from the excellent documentary PressPausePlay.