With the cost of textbooks continuing to rise, postsecondary institutions are looking for alternative ways to put course materials into the hands of students. From the desire to ease a portion of the financial burden for students a movement was born, Open Educational Resources (OER). OER involves using readily accessible materials from the Internet or the library which are free to the students in place of textbooks. During the fall semester, the Center for eLearning in partnership with FAU Libraries will be launching an awareness campaign.
The University of Central Florida has implemented OER so their team came to FAU to share how to begin encouraging adoption of these resources into our courses. They spoke with us about best practices in sharing faculty success stories, obtaining OER licenses, using of OpenStax, and supporting faculty.
Thank you so much to the following people for their willingness to spend time with us at FAU. Your expertise is greatly appreciated!
Penny Beile, Associate Director, Research, Education, & Engagement,
Rich Gause, Government Information Librarian,
Aimee deNoyelles, Instructional Design Team Lead,
John Raible, Instructional Designer
Sarah Norris, Scholarly Communication Librarian