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Open Educational Resources: OER - Introduction
A guide to the Open Educational Resources initiative at Ohio Dominican University
According to the OhioLINK Affordable Learning Ohio Page, "The Hewlett Foundation defines OER as 'teaching, learning, and research resources that reside in the public domain or have been released under an intellectual property license that permits their free use and repurposing by others.' Other definitions of OER exist and, generally, they identify three primary components; learning materials that are freely available and licensed in a way that enable their reuse by users."
Open Educational Resources can include:
Textbooks (Open access, creative commons, or otherwise open use)
A critical part of sustaining Open Educational Resources (OER) in higher education is recognizing the contributions by instructors who create and improve them as part of their professional work. In order to aid this effort, Driving OER Sustainability for Student Success (DOERS3) has developed an adaptable advisory model to help guide faculty as they attempt to include their OER work in their tenure and promotion portfolios.
Innovative faculty members can lead the way, argue Andrew McKinney and Amanda Coolidge, by encouraging the inclusion of open educational resources work in tenure and promotion portfolios.
"Working with [the OER Librarian] on OER resources was a wonderful process from start to finish. He listened carefully, quickly tackled the challenge, and kept me informed as he made progress. The resources he identified made a true difference for students." - Dr. Natalie Kompa
"The research help provided by the OER Librarian was critically important providing me with resources I would not have located on my own. Online and electronic sources are becoming even more essential in curricular design and instruction, so it requires research expertise. " - Dr. John Mascazine
Officials in Virginia on Friday announced the launch of a new website that allows educators at all grade levels to share open educational resources.
The platform, which the state calls #GoOpenVA, already includes 10,000 text-based, video and audio files, including content hosted by national OER websites along with content submitted directly by Virginia teachers.
In a landmark victory for the Open Education movement, the U.S. Congress has included funding for a $5 million open textbook grant program in the Fiscal Year 2018 omnibus appropriations bill unveiled today. This marks the first major investment by Congress explicitly in open educational resources (OER) as a solution to the high cost of college textbooks, and underscores that course materials are a significant factor in making higher education affordable.
After a whirlwind few weeks that included a concerted lobbying push, a dramatic late-night bill reveal and an empty veto threat from the president, OER supporters last Friday scored a victory: $5 million for a pilot program of creating and expanding OER textbooks at institutions well positioned to save students money.