This group develops a community of practice around open educational resources (OERs). In group identifies and shares best practices for the production, review, dissemination, and/or preservation of open educational resources (OERs), especially addressing regional and consortial needs; expanding on collaborative work between the OER Standing Group and Shared Content & Technical Services (SCTS) Team; and developing and promoting resources to improve awareness and shared understanding of OER.
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.