SPARC Projects

Connect OER

Open Education

University of Iowa

Iowa City, IA, United States
Official Website @UILibraries

Type: Public 4-Year, Research University
Annual Enrollment: 29,970

  SPARC Member  

OER Webpage
OER LibGuide


The University of Iowa has several projects underway that pertain to OER. An ad hoc committee, commissioned by our Council of Deans just completed a report that included an environmental scan, strategy outline, and recommendation for future OER projects at our institution. These recommendations include: (1) Develop a well-defined OER strategy through a common definition, campus-wide marketing, and collaborative initiatives that lead to increased OER use. This strategy should include targets for measuring success; (2) Develop reporting and tracking mechanisms to monitor OER use, trends, and cost savings to UI students; (3) Encourage and support collaborative OER initiatives that include the UI Libraries, the Office of Teaching, Learning & Technology (OTLT), the colleges, and University of Iowa Student Government (UISG); (4) Initiate and support incentive programs that encourage and reward faculty for adopting and creating OER content for use in their UI courses; (5) Create a web presence that highlights this important work and provides resources and contact information for faculty and instructors looking to adopt and/or create OER content for use in UI courses; and (6) Support and encourage existing alliances and initiatives that support OER use such as the OTLT’s Learning Design Collaboratory, the Unizin consortium, membership in the Open Textbook Network, and the Big Ten Academic Alliance. Over the next semesters and years, UI will work toward implementing these recommendations.

In addition, UI Libraries has taken the following actions toward increasing the use of OER: (1) Commissioned the S+R Ithaka Faculty Survey to gauge faculty awareness of scholarly communications issues; (2) Hired a new librarian for scholarly communications, Mahrya Burnett; (3) Joined Open Textbook Network (OTN) and participated in OTN’s summer programming; (4) Held faculty programming on OER, including 2015 OTN Workshop and 2018 Affordable Content Workshop; (5)
Provided $5,000 worth of stipends for faculty to review OER; (6) Held conversations with the university bookstore about OER; (7) Applied for Federal funding for Iowa Open Textbook Initiative in collaboration with Regents Universities and continue to pursue joint projects; and (8)Launched Textbook Affordability Pilot in collaboration with UISG

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Point of Contact

Mahrya Burnett
Scholarly Communications Librarian