This toolkit was developed based on a survey conducted by the OER Taskforce under the leadership of Walter Butler. We hope that value of this toolkit will be in connecting librarians with active OER Communities and resources that reflect the value of the work of academic librarians.
This toolkit is not intended to be a guide about copyright in general or a list of existing OER repositories. You can find a list of example OER LibGuides, or use SPARC's "Connect OER" to discover OER activities.
Nathasha Alvarez, East Los Angeles Community College
Heather Blicher, Southern New Hampshire University
Rowena McKernan, MLIS Whatcom Community College
"Accessibility is important for everyone and benefits everyone. Open access and open pedagogy is about building and sharing knowledge with as many people as possible and accessibility is part of that mission and means making your OER usable by people of all abilities. In addition, with the increase of student centered content creation, we need to make sure the creation side of digital tools, platforms, and projects are also accessible to as many people as possible."
OER & Accessibility: Working Toward Inclusive Learning
Examines topics including 'Design as a Privilege and a Responsibility' and 'How OER Can Enhance Accessibility.' From Camille Thomas and SPARC. (2018, October 9).
Successful OER advocacy requires a range of skills, knowledge, and interests, including:
Explore these areas.
"Free to Learn" Guide
An OER Policy Development Guidebook for Community College Governance Officials. Written by Hal Plotkin and published by Creative Commons.
Toward a Sustainable OER Ecosystem: The Case for OER Stewardship
A framework around OER sustainability.
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.
Open Pedagogy refers to collaborative teaching and learning practices that help educators to advance a culture of sharing and active learning through OER.1
Open Pedagogy matters because
"Rebus Community is a platform for creating and publishing open textbooks. We provide OER projects with publishing guidance, support forums, a Contributor Marketplace, and dedicated discussion spaces." This community includes project homepages where project leads and contributors can track progress, publicize news, and communicate needs. This is a great place to begin if you are new to managing open textbook creation.
"The LPC is an independent, community-led membership association of academic and research libraries and library consortia engaged in scholarly publishing."
Open publishing. Open web. Open source.
"Pressbooks is a book content management system that exports in multiple formats: ebooks, webbooks, print-ready PDF, and various XML flavours. The system is built on top of WordPress Multisite, and makes significant changes to the admin interface, web presentation layer and export routines of a vanilla WordPress install."
Authors: Apurva Ashok and Zoe Wake Hyde
"The Rebus Guide to Publishing Open Textbooks (So Far) is a living repository of collective knowledge, written to equip all those who want to publish open textbooks with the resources they need. Representing two years of collaboration, innumerable conversations and exchanges, and a wide range of collective knowledge and experience, the Guide is a book-in-progress and will evolve and grow over time."
"PubSweet is a free, open source framework for building state-of-the-art publishing platforms. PubSweet enables you to easily build a publishing platform tailored to your own needs. It is designed to be modular and flexible. PubSweet consists of a server and client that work together, and both can be modified and extended with components to add functionality to the system. There's also a command-line tool that helps manage PubSweet apps."
Theoretical and conceptual frameworks provide evidence of academic standards and procedure. They also offer an explanation of why the study is pertinent and how the researcher expects to fill the gap in the literature.
Imenda, S. (2014). Is there a conceptual difference between theoretical and conceptual frameworks. Journal of Social Sciences, 38(2), pp.185-195.
"An approach to studying the impact of open educational resources (like open textbooks) and open pedagogy in secondary and post-secondary education." COUP stands for:
"The purpose of the CARE Framework is to articulate a set of shared values and a collective vision for the future of education and learning enabled by the widespread adoption and use of OER. It aims to address the question of how an individual, institution, or organization seeking to be a good steward can contribute to the growth and sustainability of the OER movement consistent with the community’s values."
Developed by Lisa Petrides, Douglas Levin, and C. Edward Watson.
"This analytical framework helps distinguish and compare the factors shaping lecturers’ OER adoption which are both immediate (over which they have personal control) and remote (over which they have less or no control)"
Cox, G., & Trotter, H. (2017). An OER framework, heuristic and lens: Tools for understanding lecturers’ adoption of OER. Open Praxis, 9(2), 151-171. doi:http://dx.doi.org/10.5944/openpraxis.9.2.571
During the Summer of 2021, the OER Committee put on these two panels. If you have further questions, please contact the committee.
OER: What's Next? Series
OER: What's next? Equity Diversity July 22, 2021
Panel: Equity through OER: a Blueprint and Rubric Presentation by Ann Fiddler & Dr. Rebecca Karoff
Recording Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wHeZ70-J4Vs
OER: What’s next? Accessibility - August 3, 2021
Panel: Creating and Evaluating Accessible OER Presentation by Elisabeth Morel & Aura Lippincott
Recording Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nAYtt0bUbXg