Open Education Info Center

Administrator: Starting an OER project at your institution?

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What are the benefits of releasing OER?

There are many benefits that impact teaching and learning practices.

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. 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 kind of CMS/LMS is required? How can that be integrated to our existing LMS?

Many early adopters of OpenCourseWare and Open Educational Resources set up a separate content management system to upload contents. However, as open education and sharing penetrated into the mainstream teaching and learning practices, we are seeing more universities put open contents on the same learning management system.

To give an option to faculty to openly share contents that he/she puts on university LMS has many advantages. Namely, this practice allows for integration of open education practices into existing teaching and learning practices. It also reduces cost of maintaining a separate OER project.