:sync: Building Sustainable and Scalable OER Initiatives Through Faculty, Librarian, and Student Partnerships that Encourage Open Pedagogy

Authors: Bryan McGeary, Christopher Guder
Institutions: Pennsylvania State University, Ohio University
Country: United States

Topic: Applications of Open Education Practices/Open Pedagogy/Open Education Research
Sector: Higher Education
UNESCO Area of Focus: Building capacity
Session Format: Presentation


This presentation focuses on how academic library led OER initiatives can become more sustainable and scalable while at the same time produce OER that fill important needs and provide students with learning experiences that are more engaging and rewarding. We will present a case study in which our university library transitioned away from labor-intensive activities like workshops and training sessions to partnerships where library personnel focus more on project management as they collaborate with faculty and students to produce OER projects. We will describe several initiatives, including a grant-funded initiative to provide support services for faculty creating OERs. That funding, which was awarded to enhance undergraduate education, has thus far been used to support the development of five OER projects that have directly involved students in the creation of those materials. Among these projects are an open Hispanic linguistics textbook created using only student-authored texts, student-generated test banks to accompany existing OER materials for a large-enrollment art history course, and several other projects in which hired student assistants are helping faculty to develop content for open textbooks. This presentation provides an overview of the various ways in which students have become involved in OER creation in partnership with faculty and librarians. It also discusses the impact these partnerships have had on student-faculty-librarian relationships and student engagement.


Open pedagogy, Partnerships, Sustainability, Open Educational Resources