ASERL webinar: In light of growing interest among librarians to support new modes of publishing and lowering the cost of higher education, ASERL is pleased to host a panel of scholarly communication leaders to discuss their experiences in the field of alternative textbooks, a.k.a. Open Educational Resources (OERs).
Steven Bell, Associate University Librarian at Temple University, opens the discussion with an overview of OERs, why the movement is important, and the leadership roles libraries can play in promoting OERs and encouraging faculty to think differently about learning material.
In her role as Scholarly Communications & Special Initiatives Librarian at UMass Amherst, Marilyn Billings and the Open Education Initiative have been supporting the development and option of OERs for four years. She describes how the issues have evolved over time from her perspective, the lessons she has learned about engaging with faculty on this issue, and the rewards she has seen for both faculty and students.
In 2013, the NCSU Libraries launched a team-based program to foster faculty development of OERs at North Carolina State University. The program is led by Will Cross and hosted by the NCSU Copyright and Digital Scholarship Center. In this webinar, Will talks about the motivations for creating such a program, the strategies they have used for gaining support for the program, and the successful outreach activities they have created to grow the program at North Carolina State University.
Most recently, Emory University created a program to support faculty in their development of OERs. Melanie Kowalski, Copyright & Scholarly Communication Librarian at Emory, describes the goals and anticipated benefits of their program, why and how it is similar to / different from the other panelists’ efforts, and offer suggestions for others who are thinking about creating their own programs to support the development and adoption of OERs on other local campuses.