Open Educational Resources (OER) are teaching, learning, and research resources that have been openly licensed to share intellectual content or reside in the public domain. OER include textbooks, streaming videos, assessment materials, software, and any other tools, materials, or techniques used to support knowledge acquisition.
The benefits of Open Educational Resources (OER) include:
LWTech takes pride in its commitment to the introduction of OER in academic programs. Disciplines that currently have OER integration include:
Classes that use OER are noted in each quarter's Class Schedule. Look for classes in the disciplines listed above with the statement, "This course uses Open Educational Resources (OER)."
LWTech is a grantee college in Achieving the Dream’s OER Degree Initiative. The college is developing a fully OER pathway for the Associate in Biology DTA/MRP. Students enrolled in OER-designated courses that meet the requirements of the biology degree access textbooks and other course materials for free through their courses in Canvas. They also have the option to buy print versions of the texts in the campus bookstore for very low cost.
This formal project, run by the State Board of Community and Technical Colleges, under a LSTA grant, provided mini-grant funding for collaborations between librarians and other faculty. One LOEL collaboration occurred at LWTech between Chemistry Professor Priyanka Pant and Faculty Librarian Heath Davis. This work formally initiated librarian-centered OER involvement at LWTech. More information on the LOEL project can be read in its summary report.
Librarians continue to play a key role at LWTech in promoting open access resources. These openly licensed learning materials are available most readily through the library’s online catalog interface, Primo.
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