We intend this book to act as a guide writ large for would-be champions of OER, that anyone—called to action by the example set by our chapter authors—might serve as guides themselves. The following chapters tap into the deep experience of practitioners who represent a meaningful cross-section of higher education institutions in North America. It is our hope that the examples and discussions presented by our authors will facilitate connections among practitioners, foster the development of best practices for OER adoption and creation, and more importantly, lay a foundation for novel, educational excellence.
- Introduction by Andrew Wesolek, Anne Langley, and Jonathan Lashley
- SECTION 1: The Case for OER
- Stakes and Stakeholders: Open Educational Resources—Framing the Issues by Brady Yano and Carla Myers
- What Does the Research Say About OER? by John Hilton III
- SECTION 2: The Pedagogical Implications of OER
- From Textbook Affordability to Transformative Pedagogy: Growing an OER Community by Jean Amaral
- Creating Learning Opportunities in Open Education: An Exploration of the Intersections of Information Literacy and Scholarly Communication by Michelle Reed
- Experiential Learning and Open Education: Partnering with Students to Evaluate OER Accessibility by Michelle Reed and Ciara Turner
- Course Material Decisions and Factors: Unpacking the Opaque Box by Anita Walz
- An Open Athenaeum: Creating an Institutional Home for Open Pedagogy by Rajiv S. Jhangiani and Arthur G. Green
- SECTION 3: OER Advocacy, Partnerships, Sustainability, and Student Engagement
- Open Partnerships: Identifying and Recruiting Allies for Open Educational Resources Initiatives by Rebel Cummings-Sauls, Matt Ruen, Sarah Beaubien, and Jeremy Smith
- Getting to Know You: How We Turned Community Knowledge into Open Advocacy by Lillian Rigling, and William Cross
- Advancing Access for First-Generation College Students: OER Advocacy at UT San Antonio by DeeAnn Ivie, and Carolyn Ellis
- Student-Driven OER: Championing the Student Voice in Campus-Wide Efforts by Alesha Baker, PhD and Cinthya Ippoliti
- From Conversation to Cultural Change: Strategies for Connecting with Students and Faculty to Promote OER Adoption by Kirsten N. Dean
- Making the Connections: The Role of Professional Development in Advocating for OER by Michael LaMagna
- Advocacy in OER: A Statewide Strategy for Building a Sustainable Library Effort by Emily Frank, and Teri Gallaway
- Interinstitutional Collaborations to Forge Intracampus Connections: A Case Study from the Duke Endowment Libraries by Sarah Hare, Andrea Wright, Christy Allen, Geneen E. Clinkscales, and Julie Reed
- SECTION 4: Library-Supported Adoption and Creation Programs
- Seeking Alternatives to High-Cost Textbooks: Six Years of The Open Education Initiative at the University of Massachusetts Amherst by Jeremy Smith
- From Start-Up to Adolescence: University of Oklahoma’s OER Efforts by Jen Waller & Cody Taylor, and Stacy Zemke
- A Grassroots Approach to OER Adoption: The University of Saskatchewan Experience by Heather M. Ross, Shannon Lucky, and David Francis
- Bringing OER to the Liberal Arts: An Innovative Grant Program by Jonathan Miller
- Transforming Publishing with a Little Help From Our Friends: Supporting an Open Textbook Pilot Project with Friends of the Libraries Grant Funding by Chelle Batchelor
- Closing Reflections by Nicole Allen
- About the Authors
Introduction and compilation © 2018 by Andrew Wesolek, Jonathan Lashley, and Anne Langley
Chapters © 2018 by Christy Allen, Nicole Allen, Jean Amaral, Alesha Baker, Chelle Batchelor, Sarah Beaubien, Geneen E. Clinkscales, William Cross, Rebel Cummings-Sauls, Kirsten N. Dean, Carolyn Ellis, David Francis, Emily Frank, Teri Gallaway, Arthur G. Green, Sarah Hare, John Hilton III, Cinthya Ippoliti, DeeAnn Ivie, Rajiv S. Jhangiani, Michael LaMagna, Anne Langley, Johnathan Lashley, Shannon Lucky, Jonathan Miller, Carla Myers, Julie Reed, Michelle Reed, Lillian Rigling, Heather M. Ross, Matthew Ruen, Jeremy Smith, Cody Taylor, Jen Waller, Anita Walz, Andrew Wesolek, Andrewa Wright, Brady Yano, Stacy Zemke This book is distributed under the terms of a Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits non-commercial use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and publisher are credited.
Andrew Wesolekcurrently serves as the Director of Digital Scholarship and Scholarly Communications at Vanderbilt University. Previously, he served as Clemson University’s first Head of Digital Scholarship. In this role he launched and developed a robust institutional repository, served as the copyright officer for the library, partnered with Clemson University Press to publish several open access journals, oversaw the digitization of cultural heritage items from the Upstate of South Carolina, and managed several Open Education initiatives on campus. His research and professional interests focus on library support for new forms of scholarship, with an emphasis on open initiatives and infrastructure. Wesolek also serves a founding co-editor of the Journal of Copyright in Education and Librarianship. His previous co-edited book, Making Institutional Repositories Work was published in 2015.
Anne Langley is the Dean, University of Connecticut Library. Throughout her career she has held a variety of library positions at Penn State University, Princeton, Duke, NC State University, and the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. She holds a master’s degree in library science from the University of Tennessee and a bachelor’s degree in creative writing from Georgia State University. She has worked on a variety of open access and scholarly communication projects, including serving in leadership roles for the Coalition of Open Access Policy Institutions and is an avid supporter of all things open.
Jonathan Lashley serves as Senior Instructional Technologist at Boise State University, where he also teaches for the first-year writing program. He is a PhD candidate in Learning Sciences at Clemson University and his dissertation research focuses on the role that instructor values and training play in decisions about open textbook adoption. Named one of the first OER Research Fellows for the Open Education Group, Jonathan was recently awarded a Designing with OER Fellowship for his work as an instructional designer.