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Affordable Course Materials through Open Educational Resources (OER) Project

This is the Mardigian Library's initiative to lower student course materials costs through the implementation of open educational resources (OER).

About this project

The Mardigian Library, in collaboration with the HUB for Teaching and Learning Resources (HUB), is beginning a multi-year project to introduce and promote the use of OER at the University of Michigan-Dearborn to enrich the student learning experience and reduce the cost of course materials for students.  For this project, OER is defined as any electronic resource that can be freely or easily made available to students as an alternative to textbooks, which aligns with UNESCO's definition.  Our definition of OER might also include licensed content from the library as this material is at no cost to the registered student; primary sources and other published materials made available online via museums, archives, scholarly organizations; materials created and shared by faculty at other colleges or materials created by the faculty member him/herself.

What is OER?

According to UNESCO, Open Educational Resources (OERs) are any type of educational materials that are in the public domain or introduced with an open license. The nature of these open materials means that anyone can legally and freely copy, use, adapt, and re-share them.  OERs range from textbooks to curricula, syllabi, lecture notes, assignments, tests, projects, audio, video, and animation.

Why are OERs important?  

According to SPARC (the Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition)  the usage of OERs is critical to help address the rising costs of textbooks, which is causing many students to forgo the purchase of highly priced textbooks for their courses. SPARC believes that OERs can help leverage the digital environment and open up education even further (SPARC Factsheet on OER).  

For more information on the importance of OERs see the SPARC Factsheet on OER as well as EDUCAUSE's 7 Things You Should Know...About Open Educational Resources.

The OER Task Force

This is the team at the Mardigian Library moving OER into the mainstream at the University of Michigan - Dearborn.

Maureen Linker - Interim Director, Mardigian Library (Chair) 

Autumm Caines - Instructional Designer (Member)

Anna Granch - User Services Reserves Coordinator (Member)

Tyler Guenette - Opportunity Scholars Success Coach, Office of Student Success (Member)

Raya Samet - Education, Health & Human Services Librarian (Member)

Alfonso Sintjago - Instructional Designer (Member)

Tim Streasick - Electronic Access Associate (Member)

Alan Wiggins - Associate Professor of Mathematics (Member)

Carla Brooks - Head, Library Research Center (ex officio)


Please contact us if you have any questions about this project or OER.

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