About this Event
3001 S Congress Ave, Austin, TX 78704#OER
"Working Toward Low-Cost Textbooks: Cross-Sector Faculty Collaboration for an OER Initiative Across 123 Campuses"
In 2012, Gov. Jerry Brown of California signed into law two initiatives to help students gain access to low-cost and free textbooks across the University of California, California State University and California Community College systems. The three-year initiative led by the California Open Educational Resources Council heralded an unprecedented collaboration among 10 faculty representatives from all three systems.
The council found that the use of Open Educational Resources (OER) in the form of free and openly available eTextbooks:
While OER sounds great in theory, when it comes to adopting, integrating and implementing them, barriers include finding appropriate, high-quality and up-to-date resources
Katherine D. Harris, Professor of English & Digital Humanities at San Jose State University and past chair of the California Open Educational Resources Council, will share lessons learned (see Final Report) from California’s state-wide program to implement OER at 123 college campuses (see White Paper) and discuss ways to contribute open pedagogical resources.
Attendees will leave with ideas for how to overcome the challenges of adopting OER, as well as tools and strategies for sharing their own.