Supporting Faculty Adoption of Open Ed Access Materials through MERLOT
Concurrent Session 3
The adoption of open, freely available instructional materials has gained interest and merit in recent years, making education more affordable to students. This presentation provides faculty, chairs, and administrators with guidelines for reviewing and selecting affordable, high-quality learning materials for individual classes and guidance on more effectively supporting Open Ed programs.
In our 2020 OLC Innovate presentation entitled “Creator or Curator? An OER Decision-Making Strategy for Content Development in Online and Blended Courses,” we mapped a process that faculty members could follow when deciding whether to use OER content in their courses. Building on this model—and encouraged by the feedback we received from our Innovate 2020 participants—we propose to delve more deeply into this topic by reviewing selected open education resource (OER) collections and providing specific illustrations of how faculty can expertly sift through and select from a vast array of open education resources (OERs) in service of high-quality course development and pedagogy.
The 2019 Campus Computing Survey revealed a six-year, steady rise in the number of higher education institutions with policies that “encourage faculty to use OER content for courses” and that provide “formal institutional support for OER course materials.” Still, while 89% of the participating CIOs agreed that “OER course materials and textbooks will be an important source of instructional resources in the next five years,” only 43% reported that “faculty at my campus believe that the quality of OER course materials is about the same as comparable commercial products.”
Continuing faculty concerns about the quality of open education resources point to the value of lasering our focus on available OER collections and developing guidelines for assessing the learning objects they contain, along with selecting and implementing these to afford students the opportunity to enroll in and complete courses at a lower- or even zero-cost option for course materials.
The presentation will offer the following primary objectives for participants:
OER SOURCES: Cover a spectrum of OER content and resource providers selected as top tier recommendations from the presenters.
OER GUIDELINES for REVIEW: Provide overarching best practice guidelines for reviewing and selecting affordable, high-quality OER content.
Deep-Dive into MERLOT: We will take a deep-dive into a long-time forerunner in the field of open education as an illustration of applying guidelines for OER review and selection.
Takeaways and Engagement Activities:
All attendees will leave the session with personalized OER content evaluation and selection guidelines.
The presenters also will develop and share a reference document listing high-quality, OER-related resources.
Throughout the presentation, on-screen prompts will engage the audience with interactive feedback, and general questions also will be solicited at the end of the presentation
The 2019 Campus Computing Survey. (2020, September 20). https://www.campuscomputing.net/content/2019/10/15/the-2019-campus-computing-survey