OER Community of Practice Meet-Ups
Explore, experiment, and create with fellow UT faculty and staff as we engage with principles of open pedagogy and the creation and use of OER in a flexible co-working environment. This is a space to brainstorm, ask questions, consult with specialists, and collaborate across organizational and disciplinary silos. Come and go ask you please. Light refreshments will be provided.
August 20th, PCL Learning Lab 4 from 9:00am-1:00pm
November 7th, PCL Learning Lab 4 from 9:00am-1:00pm
SPARC (the Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition) defines Open Educational Resources (OERs) as teaching, learning and research resources released under an open license that permits their free use and repurposing by others. OERs can be textbooks, full courses, lesson plans, videos, tests, software, or any other tool, material, or technique that supports access to knowledge.
Using OER in the classroom presents a unique opportunity to customize your courses and get your students more involved in their own learning.
Required materials, like textbooks, can represent a significant cost to students. Textbook prices have increased over 1,000% since 1977, or more than 3 times the rate of inflation (Bureau of Labor Statistics data, 2015).
According to research on open textbook pilots conducted by Student PIRGs (Open Textbooks: the Billion Dollar Solution, 2015):
Instructors can directly influence the cost of education for their students by adopting low- or no-cost course materials.
If you are unsure of how to talk to students, faculty, or administrators about OER, please review our helpful talking points document.
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 2.0 Generic License.