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Sacred Heart University Library and the Center for Excellence and Innovation in Learning lead the OER movement on the Sacred Heart University campus. We focus our OER outreach for courses across campus as a means to alleviate student expenses, increase pedagogical flexibility for instructors, and offer potential avenues for the university to take a leadership role in OER production. We began our outreach efforts to the university community in early 2016 through workshops focused on describing the landscape of the OER movement and the creation of our “Open Education Resources Textbook List,” which gives faculty and staff at the university listings of open textbooks in their disciplines. OER-focused workshops for campus faculty and staff continue to the present, and our “Open Textbook List” was updated and published as Libguide. Additionally, the university offers a variety of stipends and grants to faculty who are interested in exploring open solutions for their classes.
Sacred Heart University Library, the Center for Excellence and Innovation in Teaching, and our campus partners strongly believe that OER not only reduces overall textbook costs for students, but it also increases access to and usage of course materials. OER has the added benefit of increasing faculty control over instructional resources and enhancing pedagogical practices. These holistic benefits drive our advocacy efforts forward.
Campus Entities Most Active in Efforts Advancing OER:
Academic Subjects With Greatest OER Traction:
Mechanisms to Support OER Included in the Following:
OER Staff Location:
This is an updated, discipline specific OER textbook list for departments at Sacred Heart University, compiled by Zach Claybaugh and Chelsea Stone.
Claybaugh, Z. & Stone, C. (2017). Open Educational Resource 2017 Textbook List. Fairfield, CT: Sacred Heart University.