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Open Educational Resources (OERs): A Game Changer For Higher Ed

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Brief overview of open educational resources (OERs): the what, when and why of using them. Options for accessing, creating and modifying OERs. Potential roles for libraries, IT, faculty/professors, and students.

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Open Educational Resources (OERs): A Game Changer For Higher Ed

  1. 1. Information Technology Services Open Educational Resources (OERs): A Game-Changer for Higher Ed Julie Cuccio Slichko, Ph.D. Elaine Lasda M.L.S., C.A.S. Information Technology Services University Libraries Open Access Day, 10/24/2016 University at Albany, Standish Room
  2. 2. Information Technology Services What is Open? OPEN = FREE –Use / Reuse –Revise / Remix –Retain / Redistribute
  3. 3. Information Technology Services Why “Open”? • Tuition 63% & Textbooks 88% (Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2016) • Improved retention and student learning outcomes (Fisher, Hilton, Robinson & Wiley, 2015) • Further collaboration & visibility
  4. 4. Information Technology Services OER Models • Not just Textbooks • Articles - doaj.org • Audio - podcasts • Video - YouTube • Software – Freeware - shareware
  5. 5. Information Technology Services OER Examples http://textbooks.opensuny.org/the-information- literacy-users-guide-an-open-online-textbook/ Textbook on Information Literacy through OpenSUNY
  6. 6. Information Technology Services OER Examples https://www.fecundity.com/logic/ UAlbany faculty: PD Magnus oa/os logic textbook remixed, reused…etc.
  7. 7. Information Technology Services OER Examples http://www.dnaftb.org/20/animation.html Animated OER from Cold Spring Harbor Lab on DNA replication
  8. 8. Information Technology Services OER Examples https://openstax.org/details/books/introductory -statistics#student-resources-section Statistics textbook from OpenStax – need faculty member login, peer reviewed, many options
  9. 9. Information Technology Services OA in Action for IT • Roles: – Incorporate into online course/LMS – Latest technology – Customization – Instructional design • Considerations: – Learning curve – Accessibility – Integration
  10. 10. Information Technology Services OA in Action for Libraries • Roles – Host OERs in IR (Scholars Archive at UAlbany) – Recommend existing OERs for instructors – Promote benefits of OERs on campus • Considerations – Copyright advising – Currency, accuracy, authority – Staffing to manage IR
  11. 11. Information Technology Services OA in Action for Instructors • Roles – Incorporate in course materials – Develop and maintain content/resource – Champion OERs to colleagues • Considerations – Sabbatical time for development – Grantseeking to fund editing, layout, etc. – Ensuring currency and authority
  12. 12. Information Technology Services OERs at UAlbany • Through ITS FTR unit (SEE JULIE!) – OER WORKSHOPS for instructors • Through Libraries: • Resource Guide • Repository hosting • Copyright advisement
  13. 13. Information Technology Services Thank You For Coming! Julie Slichko jslichko@albany.edu Elaine Lasda elasdabergman@albany.edu http://slideshare.net/librarian68

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