Getting OER initiatives started, or keeping momentum for OER initiatives going, can be challenging. With that in mind, we’ve designed an OER Toolkit to help campus partners set and achieve OER Goals across these domains:
Professional development and networking (Connect)
Planning and hosting events (Invite)
Information sharing / OER adoption and creation (Create)
Taking inventory of the current OER landscape on your campus (Assess)
Bringing additional campus stakeholders into the work of OER (Partner).
Attend an ALPA-sponsored event or webinar
Join an ALPA working group
Host an OER informational session
Provide a go-to resource hub on your campus
Support publishing on your campus
View an ALPA Webinar: Textbook Remix: An Introduction to LibreTexts for OER Editing, April 20, 2021
Sign up for a Creative Commons Certificate Course
Review data about textbook costs
Read Nagle, C. and Vitez, K. Fixing the Broken Textbook Market, 3rd Ed. U.S. PIRG Education Fund. February 2021.
(See the responses from PA schools here)
Student survey from Gettysburg: Appedu, Sarah; Elmquist, Mary; and Wertzberger, Janelle, “Using a Student Textbook Survey to Advance an OER Initiative” (2020)
Get to know faculty and OER use on your campus
Survey faculty – view and reuse a survey intended for PA institutions
Talk to faculty to identify your early adopters
Get students involved
Identify a student group or student government contact to meet with. Share a copy of the Open Textbook Alliance’s Student Government Toolkit for making textbooks affordable.
Check out the Student Perspectives on Open and Affordable Education session from the ALPA Summit 2020