The final report of the Penn State Open Educational Resources (OER) is now available online at http://oer.psu.edu. The OER Task Force was charged in February 2015 by Provost Nick Jones to pilot OER adoption, examine consortial opportunities for OER, and to develop a plan for university-wide support in support of President Barron’s Access and Affordability imperative. The report was accepted by Provost Jones on Dec. 8, 2016.
The OER Task Force was chaired by Dean Barbara Dewey and included three additional University Libraries faculty colleagues, Joe Salem, John Shank and Ann Snowman, among university-wide representation. Among its key findings, the Task Force discovered that there is already significant work underway to reduce cost through OER and other affordable course content adoption, but that no central coordination currently exists. University Libraries and Teaching and Learning with Technology (TLT) were found to be the two central units providing the most support and coordination and the most innovative work in affordable course content at Penn State was underway at the Commonwealth Campuses.
The Task Force recommendations include lead positions designated by both University Libraries and TLT to coordinate affordable course content initiatives throughout Penn State. Those initiatives are recommended to include joining the Open Textbook Network and OERu, leveraging the Unizin consortium, and creating faculty development programs.
Since the competition of the report, University Libraries has launched the new Electronic Course Reserves platform from Springshare to better integrate that service into Canvas and has started to pilot a proactive course reserves project for World Campus courses. The University Libraries is working with TLT to embed affordable course content as one supported element in the faculty seed grant program for General Education course revisions in partnership with the new Office of General Education. During the spring semester, a search will commence for the Open Education Librarian position described in the report.
Please feel free to direct any questions to any member of the OER Task Force:
- Barbara I. Dewey (Chair), Dean, University Libraries and Scholarly Communication
- Fred Aebli, IST Instructor and Internship Coordinator, Penn State Worthington Scranton
- Kate Domico, Executive Director, Learning Design and Public Media, Penn State Outreach and Online Education
- Steve Falke, Head, Penn State Barnes & Noble Educational Operations
- Yvonne Gaudelius, Assistant Vice President and Associate Dean for Undergraduate Education
- Lee Giles, David Reese Professor, College of Information Science and Technology
- Andrea Gregg, Online Learning Researcher, Penn State World Campus
- Emily Miller, student representative, University Park
- Przemyslaw Maslak, Associate Professor, Department of Chemistry, University Park
- Joseph A. Salem, Jr., Associate Dean for Learning, Undergraduate Services, and the Commonwealth Campuses, University Libraries
- John Shank, Head Librarian, Penn State Berks
- Ann Snowman, Head, Access Services, University Libraries
- Jennifer Sparrow, Senior Director of Teaching and Learning with Technology, Information Technology Services
– submitted by Joe Salem, associate dean