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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.
This group plays a key role in creating a community of practice to make open educational resources (OERs) more easily discoverable. In FY 2020 the group will 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); expand on collaborative work between the OER Standing Group and SCTS Team; hold a virtual conference in partnership with OER advocacy organizations (the OER Metadata Collective, GWLA, OhioLink, LOUIS, SUNY/CUNY, etc.) to address unique challenges of OER discoverability and metadata standards associated with an ILS environment.

Level of Decision-Making Authority

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.