The Affordable Learning Interest Group discussion list (PASCAL-ALIG) facilitates discussion and information sharing among SC librarians working to advance affordable learning. Visit our listservs page to join the list.
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.
We believe that the future of education is open. We support initiatives that advance that vision coupled with tangible results that build access to resources, research, and communities committed to open education. Initiatives include a library of OER textbooks, Open Textbook Network (OTN) alliance of higher education institutions, and OER Fellowships
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.
We are a global network of educational institutions, individuals and organizations that support an approach to education based on openness, including collaboration, innovation and collective development and use of open educational materials.
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.
These SUNY OER Community Courses will introduce you to the fundamental principles and effective practices related to Open Educational Resources. Throughout this learning space, you will have the opportunity to explore and discuss methods and approaches to finding, adopting, customizing, integrating, creating, publishing, and licensing OER. You will also have opportunities to connect in conversation with your peers, and work with OER advocates from the SUNY community who can help you along your learning journey.
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.
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.
Provides both inspiration and guidance for those beginning work on affordable content and evidence of the growth that has occurred in this arena over the last decade. Free PDF copies of the book are available for download.
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.