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Sacred Heart University Library and the Office of Digital Learning have helped to lead the OER movement on the Sacred Heart University campus. We predicated our institution’s interest in exploring OER options 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 the process of informing 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 Education Resources Textbook List” was updated and published as a new edition in early 2017.
With the backing of the Provost’s Office, the library and the Office of Digital Learning formed an OER Taskforce in spring 2016, consisting of faculty members from the College of Arts & Sciences, the Welch College of Business, the College of Nursing, and the College of Health Professions interested in exploring OER for their departments. Reviews of open textbooks for courses in sociology, mathematics, biology, and economics followed. In the spring of 2017 two courses in mathematics piloted open textbooks with positive results, which has led to permanent adoption. Sociology is planning to pilot an open textbook in the fall of 2017. Taskforce efforts at encouraging review and adoption of materials are ongoing.
A wide range of additional departments and faculty members have also requested lists of available open materials for courses. The library has worked closely with these interested parties to compile lists of resources for their perusal. Work in curating lists of potentially valuable materials has helped to spread knowledge about the breadth and depth of available OER, while also increasing advocacy work and interest in the open movement.
Sacred Heart University Library, the Office of Digital Learning, 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. Additionally, 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:
Library Departments 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.
Digital Learning Initiatives Librarian, Sacred Heart University Library