D.I.Y O.E.R: So You Have Been Tasked with Making Your Course OER, Now What?

Concurrent Session 6
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Brief Abstract

You may have heard of the term Open Education Resources(OERs) and about the benefits of using OERs with your students. Knowing the benefits and creating an OER driven course, however, are two different things. This session will discuss the strategies for creating an OER course from scratch.

Extended Abstract

Open Education Resources(OERs) are valuable in reducing the cost of textbooks to students. With OERs, students have access to their content immediately on any Internet Enabled device. Textbooks costs are a huge concern to our student population. The majority of our students are first generation college students who are working adults. As such, we had to find a way to reach our students in a different way. 

According to a 2016 report, from the United States Public Interest Research Group, “The average cost of a textbook has risen by 73% since 2006, or four times that of U.S. inflation rates.” The cost of textbook and course materials causes a great amount of stress to our students. Most of our student population are first generation college students and most are working adults with families. As such, our students are renting, photo copying or not even buying the textbooks in order to participate in their courses. This causes our students to get behind on their course work which affects their student experience and impacts our retention of qualified students.

Given the benefits of OERs, our institution began pushing OER courses for our students. In this session participants will learn the steps for creating and implementing an OER course from scratch.  They will discuss the evaluation process and participants will also be introduced to various online resources to  help them start looking into using OERs with their students.

  • Participants will be able to describe the steps needed for OER implementation.
  • Participants will be able identify three online resources to begin looking for OERs.
  • Participants will be able to  identify 3 tools to evaluate the validity and reliability of OERs.

Participants will have a copy of the material and will have an opportunity to discuss how they can use the steps to fit the needs of their institution. Participants will also be introduced to an online repository that they can use with their students/colleagues and will be given tools to evaluate the OERs.

The materials in the repository can be viewed as alternative modes to reach all learners.

Just like our students, this presentation was created to reach different types of learners in different ways. Content is presented in multiple ways throughout the presentation and the tool used for the presentation test high for accessibility standards and accommodations.