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Open Educational Resources (OER) and Affordable Course Content

Definitions

What is OER?

Open Educational Resources (OER) are "teaching, learning, and research resources that reside in the public domain or have been released under a license that permits their free use, reuse, modification, and sharing with others." (US Dept of Education, 2017). OER come in many types and formats of resources including:

Textbooks / Courses / Course Materials / Lesson Plans / Videos / Tests / Software / & more


ODU POLICY:  Course Materials Adoption Policy  (approved April 25, 2019)

In accordance with the Code of Virginia §23.1-1038, it is the policy of Old Dominion University to encourage efforts to minimize the cost of course materials for students while maintaining the quality of education and academic freedom. In addition, pursuant to §23.1- 1308, Old Dominion University shall implement guidelines for the adoption and use of low-cost and no-cost open educational resources in courses offered at the University.

What are Open Educational Resources?

From Rajiv Jhangiani on January 20th, 2020

The 5 "R"s of OER

From University of Ottawa Library. Available under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International licence. 

Creators of OER are free to assign creative commons licenses that let users know how they can use the materials without seeking permission -- ideally the CC-BY license will be used indicating that any of the 5 Rs are permissible.  More about Creative Commons Licenses (tab to the left).

Affordable Course Content

Affordable Course Content (ACC) are materials that are available at varying cost levels to the student, ranging from full cost to no cost. Library Resources, free to students, are useful and available as affordable course content. See the Affordable Course Content via Library Resources tab to the left.

Open Pedagogy

Open pedagogy is the practice of engaging with students as creators of information rather than simply consumers of it. It's a form of experiential learning in which students demonstrate understanding through the act of creation. The products of open pedagogy are student created and openly licensed so that they may live outside of the classroom in a way that has an impact on the greater community. Open projects frequently result in the creation of open educational resources (OER). (UTA Libraries)


More about Open Pedagogy:  

OER @ ODU

Open Education Resources (OER) Committee

Established in 2019, an OER Committee is responsible for establishing overall policy and guidelines for implementation and expansion of OER course materials.

Course Materials Adoption Policy

In accordance with the Code of Virginia §23.1-1038, it is the policy of Old Dominion University to encourage efforts to minimize the cost of course materials for students while maintaining the quality of education and academic freedom. In addition, pursuant to §23.1- 1308, Old Dominion University shall implement guidelines for the adoption and use of low-cost and no-cost open educational resources in courses offered at the University.

The following requirement was added to the Code of Virginia §23.1-1038:

The registrar or another appropriate employee of each public institution of higher education shall identify conspicuously in the online course catalogue or registration system, as soon as practicable after the necessary information becomes available, each course for which the instructor exclusively uses no-cost course materials or low-cost course materials.

Virginia Course Materials Survey 2021

ODU participated in a state-wide survey to find out what impact course material costs have on educational equity and what course content materials students find to be most beneficial to their learning? Full results will be available in Summer 2022. Contact Karen Vaughan kvaughan@odu.edu for preliminary ODU results.

Virtual Library of Virginia (VIVA)

As a member of the Virtual Library of Virginia (VIVA):

  • ODU has access to the Open Textbook Library, a curated collection of open textbooks ready for use in the classroom.
  • The VIVA Faculty Textbook Portal is a catalog to assist Virginia public college and university faculty in finding and selecting open and affordable textbooks for their courses in one place.
  • ODU participated in the VIVA Curriculum Driven Acquisitions Program where we were able to purchase 154 e-books for online courses from 2021-22, serving potentially 3,415 students, with a total cost savings of $215,800.
  • Our faculty can apply for two different VIVA Open Grants
  1. VIVA Open Adopt Grants :  $2,000 grants to adopt a pre-existing open educational resource for a recurring course. 

  2. VIVA Open Course Grants :  Grants that range from $2,000 up to $30,000 and support individuals and teams in adopting, adapting, and creating free and affordable course content.

See the List of Grant Recipients. Find OER materials created from the Open Grants in VIVA Open.

ODU Digital Commons

The institutional repository at Old Dominion University, can host your OER materials.


Resources:

Opening Education Resources for College Students. Brian K. Payne. Richmond Dispatch, 2019. 

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