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.
In early 2019, Faculty Librarians, Greg Bem and Sue Wozniak were awarded an Assessment in Action Mini-Grant to investigate the effects of open pedagogy as well as the experience of librarian participation in class. The study is currently underway and involves evaluating OER courses that run both winter and spring quarters, with the addition of an open pedagogy component for spring, introduced and moderated by the librarians. The librarians will assess each course with a qualitative survey to students at the end of each quarter and ongoing discussions with involved faculty.
Beyond these formal efforts, Faculty Librarians and other library team members at LWTech are available to help faculty and other educators in their development of OER. Library support includes researching/evaluating/selecting pre-existing OER in desired core subject areas and related (similar) subject areas; providing consultation on necessary original OER requirements; creating course plans and outlines in the context of OER creation; and verifying/validating any licensing requirements for OER developed and used at the college. Additionally, selected members of the library team are responsible for contributing to the overall ecosystem/learning environment of OER and a "culture of open" throughout the LWTech college community.
Openly licensed learning materials are available most readily through the library’s online catalog interface, Primo.
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