Open Educational Resources (OER), or learning objects that are explicitly licensed so that others can retain, reuse, and revise them, continue to gain traction in higher education, both as a potential solution to the rising cost of textbooks and as an impetus for improving pedagogy. As a result, several libraries have established incentive programs and outreach to raise instructor awareness of OER and increase OER adoption and creation on their campuses. In order to lead these programs, librarians must intentionally prepare for instructor misconceptions, gaps in knowledge, and questions. Building upon Lyrasis’ introductory course on OER offered in August 2019, this course will provide participants with an overview of common myths related to OER, including concerns about peer review and comprehensiveness, as well as barriers instructors face when adopting OER, including a lack of familiarity with Creative Commons and the need for ancillary materials. Potential solutions and talking points will be discussed. The session will conclude with a short overview of current issues that librarians working with OER should be familiar with. 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 instructor misconceptions related to OER in order to brainstorm constructive responses.
Articulate barriers instructors face when adopting OER in order to create responsive programming and resources on their campus.
Synthesize issues in the field of OER in order to have fully formed conversations with instructors about OER and refer them to resources as appropriate.
Instructor: Sarah Hare
Sarah Hare (formerly Crissinger) is currently the Scholarly Communication Librarian at Indiana University Bloomington. Before moving to Bloomington, Sarah was an Information Literacy Librarian at Davidson College, where she led two Open Educational Resource (OER) incentive programs. Sarah’s research centers on several scholarly communication topics, including OER, library publishing, and open access outreach to undergraduate students. Sarah has taught an Introduction to Open Educational Resources Library Juice Academy course to over 100 library and information professionals in the U.S. and Canada. She has also published on OER in ACRLog, In the Library with the Leadpipe, and with Pacific University Press. Find examples of Sarah’s work at https://sarahecrissinger.com/ or on Twitter @sarahehare.