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Open Educational Resource and Affordable Learning Initiatives

Definitions

Open Educational Resources (OER) are educational materials that are in the public domain or introduced with an open license. The nature of these open materials means that anyone can legally and freely copy, use, adapt and re-share them. OERs may include courseware, textbooks, streaming videos, tests, software, and any other tools, materials, or techniques used to support access to knowledge.

Affordable Learning is a more all-encompassing term, signifying the act of reducing or eliminating the cost of instructional materials by using library, learning management system (Canvas), and/or existing Open Educational Resources.

For more information on OER and/or Affordable Learning, please see Libraries' OER LibGuide or contact Carla Myers, Scholarly Communications Coordinator at myersc2@miamioh.edu; 513 529-3935.

Goals

  • significantly lower the cost of textbooks to enrolled students in a specific course;
  • maintain or improve student learning outcomes and satisfaction with the required materials;
  • contribute to the growing body of affordable materials or Open Educational Resources (OER) available to the global higher education community

The Affordable Learning and OER initiatives are open to all full-time instructional faculty members responsible for teaching courses in any department and campus at Miami University. Priority, however, will be given to coordinators of courses with higher enrollments and to situations where it is likely that the textbook change will have a lasting impact.

Full-time Miami University educators interested in working to lower the textbook costs for students in a specific course using Open Educational Resources (OER) or affordable textbooks may apply for these opportunities and, if successful, receive compensation in the form of professional development funds.

Initiatives

Open Educational Resources (OER)

  • OER - Explore: Participate in a two-hour overview workshop; review an Open Educational Resource for possible use in a course; and publish review online.
  • OER - Adopt: Identify, adopt and evaluate an Open Educational Resource in a course.
  • OER - Create: COMING SOON! This initiative (which has not yet begun) will focus on evaluating the need for an Open Educational Resource in a course and then developing, using and assessing it.

OER Initiative applicants may work as a team or individually, and applicants are strongly encouraged to consult with or include a liaison librarian on their team as an advisor. Advisors or team members might also include a staff member from eLearning Miami (ELM) in Oxford or e-Campus on the Regional Campuses, a member of the Center for Teaching Effectiveness (CTE), and/or Carla Myers, Assistant Librarian & Coordinator of Scholarly Communications.

Professional development funds provide faculty an incentive for the time it takes to identify new resources, adjust syllabi, and modify assignments and/or may be used to cover any instructional expenses incurred by the instructor.

Awardees will receive assistance from librarians and staff to locate course materials and provide other services.

Affordability Initiative (AI)

  • AI - Course Pack Consultation Service: Meet with Carla Myers, Scholarly Communications Coordinator and Subject Liaison Librarian to review course pack contents and identify possible free or open use resources to replace existing contents.
  • AI – Alternate Textbook Initiative: COMING SOON! This initiative will focus on faculty working with Carla Myers, Scholarly Communications Coordinator and Subject Liaison Librarian to identify free library or other resources to serve as substitutes for course texts.

Professional development funds are made available to successful applicants and are meant to offer an incentive for the time it takes to identify new resources, adjust syllabi, and modify assignments and/or to be used to cover any instructional expenses incurred by the instructor.

Consultation

Applicants are strongly encouraged to consult with a librarian about suitable existing open or affordable educational resources before applying for one of the initiatives.