Open Education at WMU
To advance adoption, adaptation and creation of open educational resources at WMU to reduce student textbook costs.
OER Task Force
- Hold workshops for faculty, instructors and staff.
- Administer grants to encourage use of OER.
- Survey the WMU community about OER.
- Engage as a member of the Open Textbook Network.
What are Open Educational Resources?
Western Michigan University uses the definition for Open Education Resources provided by the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation:
"Open Educational Resources are teaching, learning and research materials in any medium – digital or otherwise – that reside in the public domain or have been released under an open license that permits no-cost access, use, adaptation and redistribution by others with no or limited restrictions."
Penn State University also provides a comprehensive list of other OER definitions.
OER materials are released under an open license granting permission for everyone to:
- Retain - users have the right to make, archive and own copies of the content.
- Reuse - content can be reused in its unaltered form.
- Revise - content can be adapted, adjusted, modified and altered.
- Remix - content can be combined with other content to create something new.
- Redistribute - content can be shared in its original, revised or remixed form.
OER include digital learning materials such as:
- Open textbooks
- Full courses
- Homework assignments
- Lab activities
What can we do?
- Encourage departments and instructors/faculty to look at open textbooks and other OER in their discipline.
- Encourage the adoption, adaptation and creation of open resources.
- Educate our campus about open education, open textbooks and open pedagogy.
- CA - California Open Online Library for Education
- GA - Affordable Learning Georgia
- IL – Open Illinois Initiative – CARLI (Consortium of Academic and Research Libraries in Illinois)
- LA – Affordable learning Louisiana
- NY – Open Textbook SUNY
- OH – Affordable Learning Ohio (through OhioLink)
- OR – Open Oregon