Higher education institutions are increasingly recognizing the value of open educational resources (OER) - or resources that are licensed to allow free access, use, adaptation, and redistribution - as OER eliminate textbook costs, contribute to student success, and allow for pedagogical innovation. Academic libraries often initiate and/or lead OER initiatives, however, OER intersect with and impact many other stakeholders across campus. It is important for OER leaders to understand the perspectives of these stakeholders, including students, instructors, instructional designers, the bookstore, administrators, and more. With an understanding of multiple perspectives around OER, academic libraries can generate buy-in, collaborate with campus partners, and develop broader support for the OER initiative. Attendees will engage with multiple stakeholder perspectives, consider how these perspectives are influenced by their specific institutional context, and develop strategies for collaborating with campus partners. While some background on OER will be covered, this session is intended for librarians that already have a working knowledge of how OER are defined and why they are important.
By the end of this class, students will be able to:
Name common campus partners in OER initiatives in order to identify potential partners at your institution
Articulate the perspectives of campus partners in order to find common goals around OER
Brainstorm strategies for collaborating with campus partners in order to create a plan for advancing OER at your institution
Ariana Santiago is the Open Educational Resources Coordinator at the University of Houston Libraries. Her interests include open education, undergraduate student success, and diversity, equity, and inclusion in libraries. Ariana earned an M.A. in Applied Learning and Instruction from the University of Central Florida and an M.A. in Library and Information Science from the University of South Florida. She previously worked as an instruction librarian at the University of Houston and as an instruction and outreach librarian at the University of Iowa. Ariana is a 2018-19 graduate of the SPARC Open Education Leadership Program.