A working group is exploring the concepts, ideas, and best practices related to open educational resources. OER is a broadly used and often misunderstood concept. Our group is focusing on open textbooks/open classroom materials which range from complete, peer-reviewed textbooks to smaller learning unit modules that can be plugged into courses. Usually, the materials are online and free. In many cases, the materials are peer-reviewed or developed by institutions and faculty then shared openly.
Exploring OER does not conflict with the valuable materials provided by textbook publishers, bookstores, or other resource providers, but it does encourage conversation about cost, access, and quality. Our working group currently includes representatives from CLEAR and the UNT Libraries. Faculty and students will be added to the group as we move forward with the conversation.
For more information contact:
Assistant Dean for Scholarly Communication, UNT Libraries