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Established: 2017 September (following 2016-2017 OER Working Group)

Type of Group and General Comments
Standing. For more information, see the Team Structure page.
Advocacy and Professional Development: Identify and share best practices for the production, review, dissemination, and/or preservation of open educational resources (OERs), especially addressing regional needs (for instance, develop best practices around version control in the shared ILS); Explore opportunities for partnering with existing OER advocacy organizations.


Outcomes to Produce
1: Produce a report that documents opportunities for partnering with existing OER advocacy organizations. Examples of such involvement may include:
  • Support for a directory of local OER expertise or for regional mentorship programs;
  • How the group has increased points of contact between OER experts and novices in the Pacific Northwest;
  • How OER initiatives have expanded at member campuses.
2: Produce a set of best practices for production, review, dissemination, and/or preservation of open educational resources (OERs), and share in the Alliance's Documentation Center. 
  • These best practices should focus particularly on needs specific to the Alliance, including, but not limited to, management of OERs in the Shared ILS.
Level of Decision-Making Authority

2017 November-2018 June

Background and Context
In FY 2016, an OER Exploration Working Group formed under the Content Creation and Dissemination (CCD) Team to identify OER projects across the Alliance and roles the Alliance might play in open education. The working group completed a survey of 29/39 Alliance institutions to provide an understanding of existing OER programs. Survey results were distributed in a report.

In FY 2017, an OER Working Group (also under CCD) followed up on this previous work by conducting a wider environmental scan to identify potential Alliance role(s) in open education. This group also presented its recommendations in a report. The topmost recommendation--pursuit of advocacy and professional development around OERs--was approved by the Board of Directors and Council and resulted in creation of this OER Standing Group.

The work of the standing group is relevant to the Unique and Local Content (ULC) Team because open education leverages creation/reuse of local resources to support students across the Alliance in successfully completing their programs in a cost-effective manner. Development, stewardship and dissemination of unique and local content is crucial to this work.

Number of Members Needed
4-8 members

Skills Needed
Group members should have one or more of the following:
  • Expertise in scholarly communications, including an understanding of how OERs fit into a larger conversation about affordability in academic publishing.
  • Considerable interest in and knowledge of open educational resources, their utility, and issues for a variety of academic libraries including public, private, and four- and two-year. Knowledge of strategies for production, review, dissemination, and/or preservation of OERs.
  • Knowledge of institutional, regional, and national projects designed to incentivize creation, maintenance, and discovery of OERs (for instance, BCcampus publishing program, OpenStax, Open Textbook Library, Open SUNY, etc.).
  • Knowledge of the Primo discovery layer and how OERs may or may not be incorporated into this ecosystem.
  • Knowledge of strategies for assessing OERs/OER programs and some facility with putting these strategies into practice (for instance, collecting and analyzing data).
Also, see the chart on this page for overall expectations of all Alliance group members.