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Grand Valley State University

Allendale, MI, United States
Official Website @gvsu

Type: Public 4-Year
Annual Enrollment: 25,094

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OER LibGuide


Grand Valley State University's involvement with Open Educational Resources reflects the university's commitment to enriching society through excellent teaching, active scholarship, and public service. OER are used in courses across the university, and faculty authors have published more than a dozen OER through the University Libraries' online platform, ScholarWorks@GVSU. GVSU's OER Initiative is a cross-campus collaboration between academic and administrative stakeholders - including librarians, instructional designers, educational technology experts, grant funding, and the GVSU bookstore - all of whom provide services and resources to support faculty exploring, adopting, and creating OER. The GVSU Student Senate engages in activities to raise awareness and advocate for the use of OER in courses.

OER support and activity at GVSU has grown organically, beginning around 2012 when the University Libraries published the first GVSU-authored OER. Ongoing informal conversations among OER-supporting offices developed into the current OER Initiative in late 2015, with a focus on raising awareness of OER across campus and highlighting existing services that are able to support OER-related activities. Fall 2016 saw two high-enrollment Chemistry courses switch to an OpenStax OER, with a high-enrollment Mathematics course following suit in Fall 2017.

Campus Details

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OER Programs

GVSU Libraries Publishing Services

The GVSU Libraries' Publishing Services offer faculty a platform for distributing openly-licensed textbooks and other course materials, through the institutional repository ScholarWorks@GVSU. This platform also provides a suite of tools to support open access journal publication and conference management. The Libraries provide training and support for faculty using these services, maintain and administer the platform, and offer information on copyright, open access publishing practices, and related issues.

Note about program funding: because this program is closely integrated into the Libraries' broader scholarly communications program and encompasses many forms of publishing activity, it is not possible to delineate specific funding for the Publishing Services program. The Libraries' resources supporting this program include one full time staff position (Publishing Services Manager), the Digital Commons repository/publishing platform, and highly-variable amounts of time from a faculty librarian and a second staff member.

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Duration: 03/2012 - Present

Scope: OER (open course content)

Primary OER Strategy: OER Publication

Secondary OER Strategies: OER Adaptation, OER Curation

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GVSU OER Initiative

Grand Valley State University's OER Initiative is a working group raising awareness of OER and promoting services to support the exploration, adoption, and creation of OER by GVSU faculty. Coordinated by the University Libraries, the OER Initiative includes five academic and administrative units who work closely with faculty:

The OER Initiative is currently focused on promoting OER to the campus community and highlighting the existing services through which each partner is able to support OER.

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Duration: 11/2015 - Present

Scope: Affordable course content, including cost-free course content and OER

Primary OER Strategy: OER Awareness

Secondary OER Strategies: OER Adaptation, OER Adoption, OER Pedagogy, OER Publication

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Task Force on Open Educational Resources and Affordable Course Materials

A campus-level faculty/student task force proposed by GVSU Student Senate and officially established by the University Academic Senate and the Provost. The task force is charged to identify and recommend strategies for the university to increase the use and creation of open and/or affordable learning materials. Members include three faculty OER advocates, two Student Senate representatives, and two library faculty.

As of Fall 2018, the task force is developing an environmental scan of textbook and course material choices (by faculty and students) at GVSU, to inform subsequent recommendations.

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Duration: 08/2018 - Present

Scope: Affordable course content, including cost-free course content and OER

Primary OER Strategy: OER Adoption

Secondary OER Strategies: OER Adaptation, OER Awareness, OER Curation, OER Publication, OER Review/Assessment

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OER Events

Why Open? Open Access and Open Education at GVSU

A panel discussion featuring GVSU faculty members who have chosen open in their teaching and scholarly work, exploring the benefits of open, how this shapes their professional practices, and how students and scholars can work together for a more open, affordable, equitable academic environment.

Date: Oct. 26, 2016

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Scope: Cost-free course content, including OER

Approximate Attendees: 10

News Coverage

OER Resources

Open Textbooks in ScholarWorks@GVSU

This collection includes 12 OER published through the GVSU Libraries' publishing platform & institutional repository, ScholarWorks@GVSU. Each resource was created by one or more GVSU faculty authors, and is aimed at a student audience.

OER Initiative Overview

A 1-page overview of the GVSU OER Initiative, with a brief description of what OER are and how OER benefit students and faculty, as well as examples of how the Initiative partners are able to support OER exploration, adoption, and creation.

Resource Citation:
OER Initiative Overview (title); Grand Valley State University (creator).

OER Teaching Tools in ScholarWorks@GVSU

A collection of openly-licensed teaching tools and related OER by GVSU authors, published through the GVSU Libraries' repository and publishing platform, ScholarWorks@GVSU.

OER LibGuide

A collection of resources to help GVSU faculty find open-licensed textbooks and other educational materials for their courses.

Resource Permissions:
All Rights Reserved

GVSU Mathematics OER -- YouTube

An extensive series of freely-available videos, most with open licenses, supporting mathematics instruction. Many of the screencasts serve to supplement or repeat lecture content, and some are directly aligned with mathematics OER created by GVSU authors.

Point of Contact

Matt Ruen
Scholarly Communications Outreach Coordinator, University Libraries