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Open Educational Resources (OER): Communicating the Value of OER

This guide provides instructor a basic understanding of Open Educational Resources (OER), including how to find, evaluate, use, and adapt OER materials for their own curriculum.

Appeal to Administration

Below are the most important resources you can use when helping administrators understand the value of OER:

Getting Support Checklist

Possible Stakeholders to Discuss OER with:

  • Department Head: What will support within the department be?
  • Dean: Will there be administrative support? Can the school collaborate with other schools?
  • Bookstore How should they be notified? How will this affect them? Could they play a role in printing or other distribution? Could students order OER directly from them? 
  • Director of College LMS/ educational technology: What are the considerations in loading and accessing content?
  • ADA expert: How will these materials be accessible?

Resources

Scholarly Communication and Publishing