Promoting student access and reclaiming faculty choice
More About OER
The Hewlett Foundation defines open educational resources (OER) as,“teaching, learning and research materials in any medium – digital or otherwise – that reside in the public domain or have been released under an open license that permits no-cost access, use, adaptation and redistribution by others with no or limited restrictions.”
OER offset the cost of traditional course materials while also providing learners with full access to quality learning resources. A growing body of literature on OER is proving what may seem obvious: students succeed when they have guaranteed access to required course materials.
For faculty, OER offer unmatched flexibility in aligning course content around the needs of their students. Activities for faculty may range from adopting an open textbook just like they would publisher materials, to creating and remixing their own OER with students. The Boise State community has the resources and know-how to make any OER-based activities a reality.
Boise State OER Group
Faculty, Students, and Staff come together every other Tuesday at 2 PM to discuss stakes and strategies for supporting OER. Whether they join in-person or online, those who contribute to this community of practice shape the landscape of open and affordable learning at Boise State.
The Open Textbook Network
Boise State is a member of the OTN, a higher education community of over 800 campuses. The OTN specializes in offering professional development to faculty and staff as well as creating guides and piloting collaborations between member institutions.
Every Friday at 3 PM, IOPEN calls unite open education advocates from across the Northwest. We never know who is going to attend or where our 30-minute conversations will lead us. Since early 2017, members have earned OER fellowships, advised statewide policy, and built resources to aid multiple institutions.