Open Educational Resources : Advocacy
- Creative Commons Licensing and Copyright
- Adopt, Adapt, Create and Finding OER Resources
- Pre-K through 12
- Open Education Events
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OER Advocacy Overview
Open Education Resources are fairly new on the education scene and in order to get more educators, schools, and students to use them there is a fair amount of advocacy on the topic to do. This section offers resources on OER advocacy including topics like why open education matters, projects that are advocating for open source materials, and research on the success of OER programs.
Open Education Advocacy Resources
- Why Open Education MattersA website with videos that advocates and explains the benefits and promise of Open Educational Resources for teachers, students and schools everywhere.
- SPARC Open EducationSPARC®, the Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition, is an international alliance of academic and research libraries working to correct imbalances in the scholarly publishing system.
- Open Education ConsortiumThe Open Education Consortium is a non-profit network of global educational institutions, individuals, and organization that support open education, collaboration, innovation, collective development, and advocacy for the use of open educational materials.
- Hewlett FoundationThe Hewlett Foundation advocates for Open Education Resources, provides grants for projects, and supports mainstream adoption and effective use of openly licensed educational resources that provide students around the world greater access to a world class education.
- Make Textbooks AffordableA campaign organized by Student PIRGs who advocate for open textbooks as a long-term solution to help save college students money.
- College Open TextbooksCollege Open Textbooks is a project of the COT Education, a registered 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation whose mission is to drive awareness, adoption, and affordability of open textbooks.
- Open Knowledge InternationalOpen Knowledge International is a worldwide non-profit network of people passionate about openness, using advocacy, technology and training to unlock information and enable people to work with it to create and share knowledge.
- WikiEducator OER AdvocacyWikiEducator provides an overview of what OER Advocacy is, why it is important, and how you can get involved.
- Academic CommonsAcademic Commons is dedicated to the development of free web-based resources for academic professionals focusing on liberal arts education via digital tools. The news aggregator showcases current developments and projects in the open education community
- Community College Consortium for Open Educational ResourcesCCCOER is a growing consortium of community and technical colleges committed to expanding access to education and increasing student success through adoption of open educational policy, practices, and resources. We provide a community and resources to learn about the evolving practice of open education.
Open Educational Resources are free and openly licensed textbooks and other course materials that students can use to push back against rising textbook costs.
Hypothetically advocating for open access to the Department of Undergraduate Research at the University of Utah
- OER Evidence Report 2013-2014The Open Educational Resources Research Hub (OER Research Hub) provides a focus for research, designed to give answers to the overall question ‘What is the impact of OER on learning and teaching practices?’ and identify the particular influence of openness. We do this by working in collaboration with projects across four education sectors (K12, college, higher education and informal) extending a network of research with shared methods and shared results.
- White Paper: Open Educational Resources Breaking the Lockbox on Education November 2013A white paper from the Hewlett Foundation on Open Educational Resources.
- A multi-institutional study of the impact of open textbook adoption on the learning outcomes of post-secondary studentsA study published in the Journal of Computing in Higher Education in December, 2015, on the impacts of OER in the classroom and found most students and instructors favored OER.
- Open Educational Resources White PaperResearch conducted for the purposes of this paper demonstrates that OCUL libraries have a strong awareness of OER trends and are interested in supporting programming and staff development in this area. In several cases, libraries have received direction from university administration to investigate opportunities and potential roles for their services. In other cases libraries have already been providing a significant level of instructional, copyright, licensing and technical support to faculty through workshops and research guides.