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. 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. Academic libraries, in turn, are exploring ways to increase discovery and use of these resources.
A team of librarians from the Duke Endowment Libraries (Davidson College, Furman University, Johnson C. Smith University, and Duke University) have just completed a project in which they explored and worked to overcome barriers to faculty adoption of OERs. One of the team members from Duke, Jolie Tingen, will lead us in a discussion of the group’s final report (attached) and what are likely next steps in this process. Please join us!