Comprehensive OER Initiative Toolkit for Educators and Managers

Comprehensive OER Initiative Toolkit for Educators and Managers

Overview

The Comprehensive OER Toolkit has been thoughtfully designed to empower educators and managers with the essential tools and guidance needed to effectively initiate, implement, and manage Open Educational Resources (OER) projects within their educational institutions. These resources have been carefully curated to facilitate a seamless workflow and streamline the processes associated with OER adoption.

By offering this diverse array of resources, the Comprehensive OER Toolkit aims to equip educators and managers with a comprehensive suite of materials and templates to effectively manage the entire lifecycle of OER projects, from their inception to evaluation. Whether you are a novice or an experienced OER advocate, these resources can be customized and adapted to meet the specific needs of your institution, ultimately fostering a culture of open education and enhancing access to quality learning materials for all students.

Overview

The Comprehensive OER Toolkit has been thoughtfully designed to empower educators and managers with the essential tools and guidance needed to effectively initiate, implement, and manage Open Educational Resources (OER) projects within their educational institutions. These resources have been carefully curated to facilitate a seamless workflow and streamline the processes associated with OER adoption. Below is a breakdown of the key components of this toolkit:

  1. OER Implementation Poster:

    • Provides a visual overview of the steps involved in launching a college-wide OER initiative.
  2. Sample Emails:

    • Pre-written email templates for communicating with stakeholders, faculty, and potential collaborators to promote advocacy and awareness about OER adoption.
  3. Request for Proposal (RFP) Narrative and Application:

    • Helps institutions draft compelling RFPs to solicit proposals for OER projects.
  4. Committee Review Documents:

    • Streamlines the project selection process with customizable evaluation forms and checklists.
  5. Development Agreements:

    • Sample legal agreements to formalize partnerships and collaborations with content creators.
  6. LMS Common Cartridge File:

    • Contains comprehensive OER training materials that can be deployed as self-paced or facilitated courses within a Learning Management System (LMS).
  7. OER Designer Workplan Samples:

    • Templates for creating project plans, ensuring that OER development stays on track.
  8. OER Standards and Accessibility Guidelines:

    • Establishes quality standards and accessibility best practices for OER content.
  9. Budget Tracking Sheets and Project Management Spreadsheets:

    • Tools for tracking project expenses, progress, and timelines.
  10. Student Satisfaction Surveys:

    • Pre-designed surveys to collect feedback from students using OER materials.
  11. Sample Student Learning Outcome Assessments:

    • Provides assessment tools to measure the impact of OER on student learning outcomes.

By offering this diverse array of resources, the Comprehensive OER Toolkit aims to equip educators and managers with a comprehensive suite of materials and templates to effectively manage the entire lifecycle of OER projects, from their inception to evaluation. Whether you are a novice or an experienced OER advocate, these resources can be customized and adapted to meet the specific needs of your institution, ultimately fostering a culture of open education and enhancing access to quality learning materials for all students.

 

 

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OER Tutorials

The following tutorials are designed to guide learning to support (a) OER adopt/adapt projects, (b) OER semi-build and full build creation projects. You will find:

  1. The tutorials build upon each other to guide you through the full process to meet your (A) or (B) OER project goal.
  2. The assignments and activities within this tutorial focus on relevant tasks for faculty working on transitioning a course to OER. If you finish the module quiz, we will mark you complete for the module. The assignments in each module will go a step further and help you lean into the actual OER project you undertake.
  3. Individual tutorial completion times range from 15 minutes to 30 minutes.  

RECOMMENDED TUTORIALS BASED ON PROJECT TYPE

Adopt/Adapt OER Textbook, OER Course, OER Learning Object

  • Introduction to OER 
  • Considerations for Using or Creating OER
  • Copyright and Open Licensing
  • Creative Commons Licenses
  • Evaluating OER
  • Finding Open Content
  • Repositories and Search Tools
  • Ancillary Resources
  • OER in Print
  • Teaching with OER
  • Planning and Completing Your Project
  • Tools and Techniques for Creating OER
  • Accessibility and Usability

Semi-Build OER Textbook or OER Course

 

  • Introduction to OER 
  • Considerations for Using or Creating OER
  • Copyright and Open Licensing
  • Creative Commons Licenses
  • Evaluating OER
  • Finding Open Content
  • Repositories and Search Tools
  • Ancillary Resources
  • OER in Print
  • Teaching with OER
  • Open Pedagogy
  • Considerations for Using Open Pedagogy
  • Centering Diversity and Inclusion
  • Planning and Completing Your Project
  • Tools and Techniques for Creating OER
  • Accessibility and Usability