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ACRL/CJCLS OER Librarian Toolkit

Created by the CJCLS OER Taskforce with the purpose of advancing capacity in OER Research.

About OER Advocacy - Introduction

Successful OER advocacy requires a range of skills, knowledge, and interests, including:

  • Passion about the concept of openness
  • Clarity on the economic and pedagogical benefits of OER
  • Insight into how the policy environment may constrain or enable OER use
  • Understanding of the pros and cons of different open licensing arrangements
  • Access to practical examples of OER use to illustrate key points
  • Up-to-date knowledge of the arguments for and against the use of OER
  • Ability to engage audiences effectively 
  • Capacity to leverage students, administrators, faculty, and library staff as advocacy partners

(From: The Learning Portal: College Libraries Ontario, with content derived from A Basic Guide to Open Educational Resources by Commonwealth of Learning, licensed under CC BY-SA 4.0)

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