Open Education Info Center

Administrator: Talking to your faculty

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What are the benefits of releasing OER?

There are many benefits to releasing OER. Here is a short list.

Is it mandatory for our university to provide an incentive for faculty members who create OERs?

It is not mandatory, of course. However, many institutions seem to believe that it is helpful to offer such incentives, at least until the practice of . Here are some incentive models you can consider.

What kind of support should the institution provide faculty?

This would vary by institutions. When MIT first started its OpenCourseWare project, the team’s goal was to make sure that they do not take more than an hour’s time from each faculty member. Thus, the OCW team took care of all digitization and intellectual property clearance of the faculty. Times have changed. More faculty members are tech-savvy now, and technology enables easy authoring practices. Depending on e-learning experiences of the faculty, the institutions offers help with technical and legal aspects of creating open contents. Some institutions provide student help, some other institutions offer services at their education technology department.

What’s in it for the faculty members to use OERs in their classrooms?

Creating OER is not the only way to introduce open education practices on campus. You can also encourage your faculty to use open textbooks and OERs. Saving cost for students and hence increasing possibilities for students to continue with their education should be a great incentive for the faculty. here’s a research paper on Cost-Savings Achieved in Two Semesters Through the Adoption of Open Educational Resources for your information.

Where can I see some case studies for open education projects?

Roadmap Project Oportunidad lists OER projects in http://www.oportunidadproject.eu/en/resources/compendium. You can read about the project in terms of scope, technology, policy and how the project was implemented.