Thursday, October 17, 2013

Survey > Quality and Pedagogical Guidelines for Open Educational Resources (OER) Use in Higher Education

Dear OER Experts or University Educators,

The researchers are conducting an online survey to develop and validate a set of quality and pedagogical guidelines which individual educators in higher education can apply in selecting and utilizing freely available OER for their teaching. OER can be full courses, textbooks, course materials, video/audio lectures, tests, and any other materials or tools used to support teaching and learning.

We are asking for your help in validating the quality/pedagogical guidelines for OER by completing an online survey. This survey should take about 10 minutes.

This survey has 4 sections:

  • Section 1, Your Background, consists of 4 questions.
  • Section 2, Quality Standards, consists of rating the importance of the 18 Quality Standards.
  • Section 3, Pedagogical Guidelines, consists of rating the usefulness of the 10 Pedagogical Strategies.
  • Section 4, Additional Comments, consists of an optional opportunity to provide additional comments or suggestions. 
Your responses will be added together with other experts and educators involved in developing and/or using OER in selected universities in various regions . Your participation in this study is voluntary and you may stop at any time. Your participation in this survey will remain confidential.  The survey does not require any personal information that would identify who is making the responses.  While there are no foreseeable risks to you as a participant in this survey, your participation will contribute significantly to creating Quality Standards and Pedagogical Guidelines for OER useful for effective university teaching. We shall be pleased to share results of this survey with you upon request.

If you have any questions about the survey, please contact any of the researchers below.

If you’ve read our explanation above and agree to participate in this survey, please click the “Continue to Survey” button below.  If not, please exit this page.

Findings of the survey will be first shared on a website ( and later published in an open journal which is under a Creative Commons license.

Thank you for your contribution to the development of the quality standards / pedagogical guidelines for OER use in higher education.


Insung Jung ( and Teruyoshi Sasaki (
Professors of Education, International Christian University
3-10-2 Osawa, Mitaka-shi, Tokyo 181-8585, Japan
Tel: 81-422-33-3125/3123

Saturday, October 5, 2013

Open Educational Resources as Learning Materials: Prospects and Strategies for University Libraries

Research Library Issues / No. 280  / Sept. 2012

  • Marilyn S. Billings, Scholarly Communication and Special Initiatives Librarian, University of Massachusetts Amherst 
  • Sarah C. Hutton, Head, Undergraduate Teaching and Learning Services, University of Massachusetts Amherst 
  • Jay Schafer, Director of Libraries, University of Massachusetts Amherst 
  • Charles M. Schweik, Associate Professor, Department of Environmental Conservation and Center for Public Policy and Administration, University of Massachusetts Amherst
  • Matt Sheridan, Digital Repository Resident Librarian, University of Massachusetts Amherst
The Open Education Initiative at UMass Amherst has demonstrated there are several ways to address the concerns students and parents have as they face an average of $1,168 per year for books and supplies.

The University Libraries, in collaboration with the campus academic administration (the Provost’s
Office), faculty support groups (Center for Teaching and Faculty Development), and academic programs (the Information Technology minor), have led the effort to incentivize faculty to modify the traditional
commercial textbook model with resources that are openly available or available to students at no additional charge. Among the alternatives now in place are:
  • True open access textbooks available through the libraries’ institutional repository, ScholarWorks@ UMass Amherst, or other open textbook solutions
  • Hybrid open educational resources that utilize the learning management system to provide accessto appropriate resources (articles, e-books, streaming media) already licensed by the libraries
  • Reducing the number of “required textbooks” by supplementing one core commercial textbookwith either open access resources or resources already licensed by the libraries to reduce theoverall cost to students.
OERs are not without issues to address. Faculty need to fully understand copyright and alternatives such as Creative Commons licensing. If faculty are assigning students to use existing licensed resources, those licenses must provide adequate access for multiple users. And, important for any resources being provided by the campus or the library, the materials must be fully accessible to all students. [snip].

While assessment of student and faculty satisfaction is still under way, preliminary indications are that both groups are very satisfied with efforts to challenge the existing model of expensive commercial textbooks with a model using OERs. One-time savings to students of over $205,000 have resulted from an initial investment of $27,000—and these savings will multiply each time the course is taught. Working with faculty and commercial publishers to promote and facilitate the adoption of open educational resources and other hybrid models places the libraries in an excellent position to uphold their public land-grant mission and to gain support from campus administration, parents, and students.

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Thursday, October 3, 2013

Community College Consortium for Open Educational Resources

Welcome to the Consortium

Our mission is expanding access to education by promoting awareness and adoption of Open Educational Resources (OER).  Over 200 colleges have joined the consortium and many more participate in our activities and use the resources posted here.  We invite you to join the Community Colleges at the OpenCourseWare Consortium.

Fall 2013 Webinar Series Starts Oct 2nd!

Libraries leading the way; open textbook large scale projects; fostering open policies; and a community college state system goes open are all in store for you at the CCCOER fall webinar series.  Please join us.

Find OER

Use the links below to find open textbooks and open courseware for community college courses:
  • Browse 750+ Open Textbooks by Subject
  • Browse 41 Highest Enrolled Courses from the Open Course Library
  • Find 150+ peer and accessibility reviews of open textbooks at College Open Textbooks
Learning with Computer Learn about OER

Attend our monthly educational outreach webinars featuring faculty who are engaged in open educational resource development and re-use.  Click on the Webinars 2012 Archives for to view the recordings.

World Globe Who is using OER?

Many colleges promote the use of OER on their campuses by providing information and networking on their websites.    If you would like your college website added, please contact us.

Share and Adopt OER

Check out the Campus Promo Kit for help in promoting the use of OER on your campus and to provide training and tutorials for faculty on best practices for adoption and sharing of OER.

Join Our Advisory Group

Participate in in our advisory group which meets monthly online to plan activities for promoting open policies and share best practices.

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SPARC > Open Educational Resources Initiative

Educational materials are an important output of the research process, and SPARC believes that Open Educational Resources (OER) maximize the power of the Internet to improve teaching and learning, and increase access to education. SPARC supports the creation and sharing of open materials used in teaching, as well as new approaches to learning where people create and shape knowledge openly together, and promotes practices and policies that advance this vision.

What are Open Educational Resources (OERs)?

Open Educational Resources are teaching, learning, and research resources released under a license that permits their free use and repurposing by others.  OERs can be full courses, course materials, lesson plans, open textbooks, learning objects, videos, games, tests, software, or any other tool, material, or technique that supports access to knowledge.

Open Educational Resources are broadly considered to meet the “4Rs Framework,” meaning that users are free to:

  • Reuse:  Content can be reused in its unaltered form;
  • Revise: Content can be adapted, adjusted, modified or altered;
  • Remix: The original or revised content can be combined with other content to create something new;
  • Redistribute: Copies of the content can be shared with others in its original, revised or remixed form.

Why Open Educational Resources?

The Internet enables us to teach, learn and develop knowledge faster and on a wider scale than ever before.  Learners can find information instantly on virtually any topic, and connect with peers across the globe.  Teachers can share their knowledge with students on another continent almost as easily as in their own classroom.  And educational resources such as books can be disseminated to a worldwide audience at virtually no marginal cost.


How Do Open Educational Resources Work?

The OER movement is comprised of four main categories:

OpenCouseWare (OCW)


OER Publishers:


OER Repositories


Publicly-Funded Initiatives


How Do We Enable Open Educational Resources?

There are three main strategies that can be used to promote Open Educational Resources:

Supporting OER adoption. OERs are available in a wide variety of subjects and course levels, yet many educators are not aware of these resources or do not know where to find them.  Students, professors, librarians, and administrators can help spread the word to other educators and advocate adoption of OER whenever appropriate.

Supporting OER development.


Advocating effective policies.

Why Should You Care About Open Educational Resources?

During the past several years, Open Educational Resources have begun to be developed across a wide range of subjects, in an increasingly diverse set of educational settings. Researchers, scholars, students, educators and librarians are being called upon to participate in an environment that is evolving quickly, and that poses new challenges and opportunities for the creation, sharing, review, and use of educational resources.

Enabling the efficient creation and widespread adoption of Open Educational Resources will play a key role in ensuring that the scholarly communication system evolves in a way that supports the needs of scholars and the academic enterprise as a whole.

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