General OER Communications
- A tri-fold brochure about “Why OER”
- A handout about “Why OER” (and an editable word file)
- A flyer about “Why OER”
Communicating with Students
Starting an OER Workgroup/Committee/Task Force
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A great way to move an advocacy effort forward is by creating a body that is dedicated to that effort. There is no secret recipe that dictates how you do this, but having a clear vision and the right people at the table is a great way to get started. If you opt to create a task force to create a more permanent entity, keep in mind that the composition of the task force is potentially nothing like the committee that will move the work forward
Regardless of the approach you take, people who are often helpful to have include (presented in alphabetical order, not by order of importance):
- Accessibility experts, Disabled Student Programs and Services (DSPS) staff, or other personnel who are involved with providing services to students with accessibility challenges
- Bookstore representative
- Classified staff
- Counseling faculty
- Financial aid representative
- Food and housing insecurity personnel
- Instructional faculty
- Instructional operations (or whoever is involved in identifying your sections for recognition as “no-cost” sections)
- Student services representatives
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Create an OER Web Presence
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You may find a website from another college that you like and ask for permission to copy, edit, or remix – or you may choose to create your own.
Websites often include information about how and where to search for OER, information for who to contact on your campus for assistance, financial or release time incentives for faculty adopting or adapting OER if offered, an outline of your process for identifying course sections with no associated textbook cost, and other resources to assist faculty in moving to OER. The website might also include resources for learning more about OER and/or local professional development opportunities. An OER website might also include information regarding local policies with respect to OER and curriculum, course outlines, articulation, accessibility, and peer review in regards to textbooks in general.
Apply to be an OpenStax Institutional Partner
This one year program (no financial support but no cost to apply or be a member) gives colleges the opportunity to learn about tactics other colleges have used to increase OER adoptions on their campuses and try some of these tactics out on their own with the support of OpenStax and approximately 10 other colleges and universities across the country. About a dozen CCCs have gone through this Institutional Partnership.
Advocate for Positions or Release/Reassigned Time
Many colleges are finding that there is a measurable return on investment (i.e., the cost savings on textbooks for students) as a result of giving release or reassigned time to a faculty member for coordinating OER and Zero Textbook Cost (ZTC) efforts. Other colleges are utilizing students for advocacy.
Invite a speaker to come to your college
Invite a speaker to to talk about OER or schedule a viewing time and place for an introductory and/or discipline specific OER/ZTC Webinar
There are many folks who would likely be interested and available to speak on your campus and there are webinars available to continue to spread information.
Stay Focused on the Facts
There are many of rumors and myths about OER. Here are a couple of sources to refer to:
- SPARC: OER Mythbusting: (Links to an external site.)
- ASCCC: OER Mythbusting: (Links to an external site.)
- Articulation Issues
- Both the UC and the CSU systems have assured the CCCs that OER is fine. This was most recently re-stated in a memo from Nancy Purcille on October 24, 2017. An excerpt from this memo, and some additional articulation-related guidance, is available in this document found on Skyline’s website.
- Source: https://www.skylinecollege.edu/curriculumcommittee/assets/resources/NOTES%20OER%20on%20COR.pdf