Sparkshop: Open Educational Resources (OER)

In this sparkshop about Open Educational Resources, the OER Strategic Initiative Team will provide a brief overview of what an OER is, preview the Call for Participants, and present some research that will help instructors decide if this is a strategy they might be able to use to improve student success and retention, promote equity and inclusion, embrace digital transformation, and take a small step towards improved sustainability practices.

UWGB Team Joins National Efforts in OER Promotion and Adoption

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Building on the preliminary work for the recently funded OER Strategic Priority Initiative proposal, a small team from UW-Green Bay has been accepted to participate in the inaugural AAC&U Institute on Open Educational Resources. The team will collaborate with leaders in the open educational resource (OER) field as well as other institutions to “design and implement a campus transformation strategy to accelerate campus OER plans for large scale engagement and adoption.”

OER adoption aligns with UW-Green Bay strategic goals 3, 4, and 5, and has been shown to reduce time to graduation and student debt (Florida Virtual Campus 2018), improve student learning outcomes (Jhangiani et al. 2019), and reduce DFW rates for part-time, first and second-generation students (Colvard et al. 2018; Griffiths et al. 2020).

Instructors interested in participating in the OER Strategic Priority Initiative should look for upcoming information this fall. General questions regarding OERs can be directed to UW-Green Bay libraries, refdesk@uwgb.edu, or the Center for the Advancement of Teaching and Learning, catl@uwgb.edu.