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Open Educational Resources: Background Reading

7 Things You Should Know About Open Educational Resources
A 2-page brief on Open Educational Resources from the EDUCAUSE Learning Initiative.

ARL SPEC Kit 351: Affordable Course Content and Open Educational Resources
Results of a study on the degree to which ARL member institutions advocate, support, and develop affordable course content and open educational resources.

As Campuses Move to Embrace OER, College Libraries Become Key Players. Young, Jeffrey R. EdSurge. 4 January 2018.
Short news piece on how libraries and librarians are promoting OER, early 2018.

Babson Survey Research Group: Opening the Textbook:  Educational Resources in U.S. Higher Education, 2018
Results of faculty survey on OERs, 2019. Previous Reports available on their website.

Complete Guide to Open Educational Resources. Schaffhauser, Dian. 2014. Campus Technology, vol. 27, no. 4, p. 19-24.
OER tips and tools from multiple contributors.

2018-2019 Connect OER Report. SPARC. Published: September 2019.

Definition of Open Education and Open Education Resources in Librarians as Open Education Advocates by Rowena McKernan, Tria Skirko & Quill West and Library as Open Education Leader, 2015.

Examining Community College Faculty Attitudes Toward Open Educational Resources: A Mixed Methods Study. Cote, Denise. 2017. Library Scholarship. 24.
Dissertation and video presentation of research about faculty attitudes toward open educational resources at community colleges, including survey and interview results, as well as a proposed model for institutional support for open educational resources.

Fixing the Broken Textbook Market
This website summarizes and links to a report from the U.S. Public Interest Research Group developed by the Student PIRG on the impact of high textbook costs on college students.

Florida Virtual Campus: 2018 Student Textbook and Course Materials Survey
Results from a survey of over 21,000 students on textbook affordability and acquisition of at Florida’s public higher education institutions. Publichsed: 8 March 2019.

OER Had Its Breakthrough in 2017. Next Year, It Will Become an Essential Teaching Tool. Silagadze, Mike. EdSurge. 28 December 2017.
Op-ed on what should change with OERs to help greater adoption in 2018.

Open Education
This is a brief OER overview from Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition (SPARC). Very succinct introduction.

Openstax: Introduction to Open Educational Resources
A tutorial on OERs in nine lessons.

Taming the Textbook Market. Bell, Steven J. Inside Higher Ed, June 11, 2010.

White Paper on Open Educational Resources. Ontario Council of University Libraries. November 2017.
Report on library advocacy of OER from the Ontario Council of University Libraries.

Affordable Course Materials: Electronic Textbooks and Open Educational Resources (link to title for purchase on ALA website)
An ALCTS Monograph.  Case-studies on how academic libraries are addressing textbook affordability on campus. Features authors from CARLI member libraries.  Also available to CARLI members via I-Share.