As the library aims to develop student mastery of information, data, and digital fluencies, and critical thinking skills, we promote the creation and practices surrounding open education that increase accessibility to higher education.
There is a national growing movement surrounding open educational resources and open pedagogical practices that decrease overall student expenses by adopting course materials that are free or low cost. Furthermore, we can enhance student learning by inviting them to participate as knowledge creators for the greater good, surrounding key issues within standard coursework.
The River Campus Libraries offer a series of resources and services where instructors and students can learn more about the movement, engage in the available materials, and take action by rethinking standard ways to deliver and participate in their coursework.
What does it mean to be Open?
Open can mean many things—open access, open source, open educational resources (OER), and open pedagogy are all distinct forms of open content. The libraries’ Open Scholarship Libguide, Sustainable Scholarship webpage, and these introductory presentations on OER, Open Pedagogy, and Open Access Publishing will help you begin exploring.
- An Introduction to OER (playlist of brief videos)
- Video to walk through a continuum of approaches (coming soon!)
- Chapters to provide examples of these approaches
- Events/resources to develop understanding and engage in the conversation
Learn how others are going Open
Interested in seeing models of how OER and Open Pedagogy work in a college classroom?
- Open Pedagogy Approaches: Faculty, Library, and Student Collaborations, a collaborative UR open publication (and OER!), lays out multiple case studies to explore.
- This Open Oregon webinar recording can further provide a snapshot of the motivations, processes, and examples involved in developing the book.
- See Jon Holz (Biology) and Moriana Garcia (Science & Engineering Librarian) discuss their River Campus collaboration.
There are numerous repositories that are interdisciplinary in nature. For example:
Others come with a strict disciplinary focus:
- PhET - interactive simulations for science and math
- DS106 Assignment Bank - shared prompts, assignments, and examples surrounding digital storytelling
- CK-12 - OER for K-12 educators
- ACRL Information Literacy Sandbox - shared materials related to the ACRL Information Literacy Framework
Browse through some of these repositories to see what OER exist, where there are gaps, and what could benefit from professional review and use case modification and assessment.
Unsure if your coursework will benefit from going open? Stacy Katz and Jennifer VanAllen of CUNY’s Lehman College wrote this chapter – Evolving into the Open: A Framework for Collaborative Design of Renewable Assignments - that walks readers through the steps of moving from a disposable to renewable framework.
Be sure to talk with your Subject Librarian who can ask prompting questions, brainstorm ideas, and offer vital lessons to support your transition.
Conversations are forming around chapters of Open Pedagogy Approaches where fellow colleagues across campus engage in ideas of moving toward OER and open pedagogical practices. Let us know that you’d like to be involved!
Talk with your Subject Librarian to find out more.