Tuesday, November 01 | 8:00PM–11:00PM

Malcolm Brown, ELI director, and Veronica Diaz, ELI associate director, moderated this seminar with Judy Baker. Openly licensed educational content, commonly referred to as open educational resources (OER), offers educators an unprecedented opportunity to reexamine how they teach and how students learn. OER and open textbooks have served as catalysts for dramatic pedagogical innovation involving collaborative teaching and learning. Such rapid growth of a knowledge-sharing culture is not without challenges, however. Concerns include quality, sustainability, cost-shifting from students to institutions, and co-optation of the open education movement by entrepreneurs. After reviewing terminology, showing examples, and discussing the benefits and disadvantages of OER, we explored the meaning and utility of open-licensing options for educators’ use of learning materials and textbooks and discovered how to find, vet, use, and develop OER in ways that augment, and ideally enhance, our existing teaching strategies. Use this seminar to help you decide if the OER movement is mostly hype or truly transformative.