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Appeal to Administration
Below are the most important resources you can use when helping administrators understand the value of OER:
Compelling Reasons to Adopt OER for Senior Management
Gives an explanation of OER specifically for administrators. Includes information on marketing, quality, productivity, and institutional reputation.
Lumen Learning Impact Meter
Adjust the meter to match the data from your institution. This is the potential impact OER could have for your students! Includes total amount of money students are spending on textbooks as well as how much each learning objective costs in comparison.
Open Textbooks: A Policy Guide
Provides current, relevant information on the textbook issue for students. Also gives sample programs and information on how to get grants and develop robust programs around OER.
Benefits of OER
Students can access course materials from any internet connection.
First Day Access
All students have access to course materials by day 1 of class, if not earlier.
Remove Financial Obstacles
Remove the financial barriers that may result in students not purchasing materials and eliminate stress around locating more affordable or discounted copies.
Materials can be customized to match the teaching styles and the learning needs of students.
Effects of Textbook Costs
In 2018, over 21,000 students participated in the Florida Virtual Campus Student Textbook Survey, which examined how the cost of textbooks and course materials has impacted their education, purchasing behaviors and academic success.
A key finding of the 2018 survey indicates the high cost of textbooks continues to negatively impact student access, success, and completion.
Getting Support Checklist
Possible Stakeholders to Discuss OER with:
- Department Head- what will support within the department be?
- Dean- will there be administrative support? Can the school collaborate with other schools?
- Bookstore- how should they be notified? How will this affect them? Could they play a role in printing or other distribution? Could students order OER directly from them?
- Director of College LMS/ educational technology- considerations in loading and accessing content
- ADA expert- how will these materials be accessible?
Guide Copyright, Permissions, and Attributions
This research guide was molded by Nicole Arnold and Nicole Carpenter, built off the work of Allegra Swift at UCSD and Elizabeth Salmon at UC Merced.