Open Educational Resources (OERs) – teaching and learning materials that can be freely obtained, adopted, adapted, and shared -- are gaining attention in higher education. This movement is a response to the rising costs of textbooks as well as a move towards making learning more open in general. In the past year legislation has been presented before Congress that would support the growth of OERs. Increasingly, colleges and universities are creating incentive programs to encourage the adoption and creation of open teaching and learning materials, including open textbooks, learning modules, videos, syllabi, and more.
During this conversation we’ll discuss potential for and barriers to increasing the use of OERs at Duke and the roles, in general, libraries can play in supporting the adoption and creation of OERs. We'll also learn about a stipend-based program for Duke faculty that is being developed through the Duke Endowment libraries at Davidson College, Furman University, Johnson C. Smith University, and Duke University. Members of that project team from Duke Libraries (Kim Duckett, Jolie Tingen, Andrea Novicki, and Haley Walton) will lead our discussion.
A brief introduction to the purpose and nature of OERs can be found in the SPARC Open Education Fact Sheet, available online here: http://sparcopen.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/01/SPARC-Open-Education-Fact-Sheet.pdf.
This talk is made possible by Duke University Libraries' Digital Scholarship Services department and The Edge: The Ruppert Commons for Research, Technology, and Collaboration, which is hosting a series of events at Duke in 2016-2017 on the theme of Open. With presentations, workshops, and project teams focused on open access, data, publishing, research, scholarship, science, and software, the Libraries offer an opportunity for the Duke community to discuss, learn, reflect, and engage in a changing scholarly landscape that promises to expand the traditional boundaries of academia.