Title

Prototyping The Open Textbook Toolkit: Digital Infrastructure that Connects Libraries, Disciplinary Faculty, and University Presses to Support Open Education

Location

KIPJ Room EF

Session Type

Concurrent Session

Start Date

2-5-2017 3:25 PM

End Date

2-5-2017 4:10 PM

Keywords

OER, Scholarly Communication, Instruction, Platforms, Library-Press Partnerships

Abstract

If you care about access to information, student success, or transformative education you’re probably thinking about the potential of open educational resources (OERs). As a profession, librarians have embraced open education but so far, we have not given faculty instructors the tools or infrastructure needed to drive wide engagement. Faculty are interested in creating customized resources that empower their instruction but barriers around creation, hosting, and remix of OERs are too high.

This session introduces the Open Textbook Toolkit, a project designed to reduce those barriers and grounded in deep research about the unmet needs of instructors and students. Currently in development, the Toolkit will leverage a partnership between libraries and university presses to offer concrete supports that empower faculty to develop open educational resources at all levels.

Join Will Cross and Mira Waller, co-PI’s on an IMLS grant currently in the second stage of review for a discussion about the Toolkit as a case study in developing infrastructure that supports OERs. Participants will leave the session with an understanding of the project as well as preliminary data and actionable recommendations on the development of support for OERs. Whether designing your own platforms and tools, looking to leverage the Toolkit on your own campus, or just seeking an understanding of the state of the art in OER development, you will leave this session better-prepared to develop a library ecosystem that supports OERs.

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May 2nd, 3:25 PM May 2nd, 4:10 PM

Prototyping The Open Textbook Toolkit: Digital Infrastructure that Connects Libraries, Disciplinary Faculty, and University Presses to Support Open Education

KIPJ Room EF

If you care about access to information, student success, or transformative education you’re probably thinking about the potential of open educational resources (OERs). As a profession, librarians have embraced open education but so far, we have not given faculty instructors the tools or infrastructure needed to drive wide engagement. Faculty are interested in creating customized resources that empower their instruction but barriers around creation, hosting, and remix of OERs are too high.

This session introduces the Open Textbook Toolkit, a project designed to reduce those barriers and grounded in deep research about the unmet needs of instructors and students. Currently in development, the Toolkit will leverage a partnership between libraries and university presses to offer concrete supports that empower faculty to develop open educational resources at all levels.

Join Will Cross and Mira Waller, co-PI’s on an IMLS grant currently in the second stage of review for a discussion about the Toolkit as a case study in developing infrastructure that supports OERs. Participants will leave the session with an understanding of the project as well as preliminary data and actionable recommendations on the development of support for OERs. Whether designing your own platforms and tools, looking to leverage the Toolkit on your own campus, or just seeking an understanding of the state of the art in OER development, you will leave this session better-prepared to develop a library ecosystem that supports OERs.