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Learn more about Open Educational Resources (OER):
SPARC (the Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition) works to enable the open sharing of research outputs and educational materials in order to democratize access to knowledge, accelerate discovery, and increase the return on our investment in research and education.
The Open Education Network (OEN) is an alliance of more than 800 colleges and universities working together to advance the effective use of open educational resources in higher education. The OEN’s community, tools, and services assist its members in building sustainable open education programs.
Open Education Week’s goal is to raise awareness about free and open educational opportunities that exist for everyone, everywhere, right now. We want to highlight how open education can help people meet their goals in education, whether that’s to develop skills and knowledge for work, supporting formal studies, learning something new for personal interest, or looking for additional teaching resources.
Student PIRGs (Public Interest Research Groups) organize college students to solve some of the world's most pressing public interest problems, including textbook costs. They conduct research, develop campaigns, and provide resources.
The mission of the Open Policy Network is to foster the creation, adoption and implementation of open policies and practices that advance the public good by supporting open policy advocates, organizations and policy makers, connecting open policy opportunities with assistance, and sharing open policy information.
CCCOER is a growing consortium of community and technical colleges committed to expanding access to education and increasing student success through adoption of open educational policy, practices, and resources. As a community of practice for open education, we provide resources, support and opportunities for collaboration for learning, planning, and implementing successful open educational programs at community and technical colleges. CCCOER is part of the global Open Education Consortium.
The OER Starter Kit Workbook is a remix of the OER Starter Kit to include worksheets to help instructors practice the skills they need to confidently find, use, or even create open educational resources (OER). We welcome instructors, librarians, instructional designers, administrators, and anyone else interested in OER to explore the OER Starter Kit Workbook.
This SPEC Kit explores the degree to which ARL member institutions advocate, support, and develop affordable course content and open educational resources (ACC/OER). Free PDF copies of the sections of the kit are available for download.
A great deal has been published on open educational resources and open textbooks in higher education. While open textbooks and OER are exciting options, focusing only on OER or open textbooks often excludes many new efforts that present a wide array of affordable content options - options that have broader reach given the lack of quality, open resources available in many subject areas. Libraries have played a key role in implementing affordable content efforts at academic institutions. The Evolution of Affordable Content Efforts in the Higher Education Environment includes research and stories from across institutions and provides numerous examples for creating successful affordable content programming.
This is a code of best practices in fair use devised specifically by and for the academic and research library community. It enhances the ability of librarians to rely on fair use by documenting the considered views of the library community about best practices in fair use, drawn from the actual practices and experience of the library community itself.
Interactive Open Educational Resources by John D. Shank
Call Number: PASCAL eBook: Find in your library's catalog
Publication Date: 2013-12-13
A Choice Outstanding Academic Title for 2014! Sponsored by the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL), this one-of-a-kind book demonstrates the best tools, resources, and techniques for discovering, selecting, and integrating interactive open educational resources (OERs) into the teaching and learning process. The author examines many of the best repositories and digital library websites for finding high quality materials, explaining in depth the best practices for effectively searching these repositories and the various methods for evaluating, selecting, and integrating the resources into the instructor's curriculum and course assignments, as well as the institution's learning management system.
The SPARC Libraries & OER Forum (LibOER) is a robust community of practice for academic and research librarians interested in open educational resources (OER). Established in 2013, this network connects more than 825 subscribers primarily in the U.S. and Canada through a public email discussion list and a monthly community discussion call.
Discussion about open education at community and technical colleges. Post questions about OER to the many expert practitioners in this group and also to answer questions in your area of expertise. We also use this group to share many online and some face-to-face meetups focused on open education including our free monthly webinars and advisory meetings.
This article reports the results of a large-scale study regarding the impact of course-level faculty adoption of Open Educational Resources (OER). Results indicate that OER adoption improved end-of-course grades and decreases DFW rates for all students. In addition, Pell recipient students, part-time students, and populations historically underserved by higher education show a greater rate of increase in end-of-course grades and a greater rate of decrease in DFW grades.