The Scene: Libraries have long been engaged in collection development to support the research and teaching needs of students and faculty. Open education resources (OER) represent the continuing evolution of this practice. A cast of librarians at Utah State University joined forces with faculty on a pilot to integrate OER across the curriculum. As the plot unfolds, the audience will hear of faculty recognizing the pivotal role of the library in evaluating and integrating OER in their syllabi and of ramen-eating students able to afford the occasional pizza because they have not blown their budgets on textbooks.
Act One: Attendees will learn about librarians and faculty working side-by-side to re-envision syllabi and expand resources through OER. Eight faculty are participating in the project representing a range of disciplines with subject librarians providing expertise in each content area. All targeted courses were offered in Fall 2014 and included traditional and online classes. The library team worked with faculty throughout the semester to gather feedback and assess student learning. At the conclusion of the semester, a final meeting will be held to evaluate the project, and faculty will be encouraged to share their perspectives about the comparison between the pre- and post-OER syllabi. Future plans include expanding to include more librarians and disciplines and to secure administrative support for a more systematic integration of OER across the curriculum.
Act Two: The presenters will discuss some of the challenges and benefits for all of the characters—faculty, students, and librarians. The finale will ask for audience participation using polling software for a truly robust discussion about the characteristics of OER for particular disciplines, strategies for working with faculty, and future opportunities within the participant’s own contexts. The audience will leave excited by the potential of OER to engage faculty and students.