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The Goals of Macalester's
Open educational resources are frequently identified as a solution to the rising costs of textbooks and as a way to provide faculty with access to high quality open learning resources that better meet the changing needs of their classrooms and teaching methods.
The library began our OER initiative in 2015 to support these results by raising campus awareness through forums with faculty, students and administrators .
The goals of Macalester's OER initiative are:
to encourage faculty experimentation with open educational resources by eliminating barriers to exploration and to encourage, when appropriate, their use in the classroom; and
to counter the rising costs of textbooks and other classroom learning resources that our students encounter; and
to contribute to the general availability of high-quality open educational resources.
OER and Open Pedagogy
Open Pedagogy refers to collaborative teaching and learning practices that help educators to advance a culture of sharing and active learning through the use of OER. It enables faculty to create more collaborative, engaging learning experiences for students and supports students in developing critical-thinking, problem-solving, and analytical skills.
7 Things You Should Know About Open Learning Practices EDUCAUSE Learning Initiative (ELI) fact sheet that outlines what open learning practices are, where they are going, and why it matters to teaching and learning. This is a great one page summary document that outlines the pros and cons of open learning practices.
Open Pedagogy Notebook It provides examples of open learning practices as well as an opportunity to engage with other faculty exploring open pedagogy. Blog site designed to serve as a resource for educators interested in learning more about Open Pedagogy.
What is Open Pedagogy? Blog post by David Wiley on his site 'iterating toward openness' which discusses open pedagogy.