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Affordable Course Materials and Open Educational Resources (OER): Home
This guide is designed to assist faculty in the exploration, identification, evaluation, selection, and adoption of Affordable Course Materials and Open Educational Resources
Washington, D.C. (April 4, 2019) — SPARC (the Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition), an international alliance of academic and research libraries working to broaden access to knowledge, today applauded the reintroduction of the Affordable College Textbook Act in the U.S. Congress. The bill aims to make higher education more affordable for students by expanding the use and awareness of open educational resources (OER) — high quality academic materials that can be freely downloaded, edited and shared to better serve all students.
GUIDEBOOK TO RESEARCH ON OPEN EDUCATIONAL RESOURCES ADOPTION
The Open Textbook Network is committed to measuring the impact that open textbooks have on teaching and learning. Thanks to the Open Education Group, we are sharing the Guidebook to Research on Open Educational Resources Adoption. It was developed to support local research initiatives on open textbook efficacy. Supplemental materials to this Guidebook are available through the Open Ed
Indiana University is sharing lessons learned from its eTexts program in a free e-book titled eTexts 101: A Practical Guide. The book tells the story of IU's own e-text experience, the economics of e-texts and campus bookstores, accessibility issues, communication strategies and more. It also includes perspectives from publishers and other universities that have worked through similar initiatives.
What Are Open Educational Resources (OER)?
Open Educational Resources (OER) are "teaching, learning, and research resources that reside in the public domain or have been released under an intellectual property license that permits their free use and re-purposing by others."
OER include digital learning materials such as:
open textbooks | courses | syllabi | lectures | assignments | quizzes | lab activities | games | simulations
Affordable Learning is OhioLINK's series of initiatives to lower the cost of college for Ohio higher education students by assisting our member libraries and campuses in identifying strategies for Open and Affordable Learning textbook and course material adoption, and helping locate statewide shareable library materials as well as open educational resources that are no cost or lower cost to students.
As leaders of the 118-member academic library consortium OhioLINK, Gwen Evans and Amy Pawlowski negotiated first-of-their-kind statewide electronic textbook pricing agreements with six publishers—John Wiley & Sons, McGraw-Hill Education, Pearson, Macmillan Learning, Cengage, and SAGE—which resulted in an estimated $39.7 million annual savings for students attending higher education institutions in Ohio.
In the FYS Core 3a student learning outcomes -- Employing effective library research and information literacy skills -- there is an inherent relationship between the faculty and their librarian liaison.
What can librarians do to assist faculty – (beyond teaching library instruction and research skills)?