Advocacy Toolkits

“Because students and faculty members generally find that OER are comparable in quality to traditional learning resources, and that the use of OER does not appear to negatively influence student learning, one must question the value of traditional textbooks. If the average college student spends approximately $1,000 per year on textbooks and yet performs scholastically no better than the student who utilizes free OER, what exactly is being purchased with that $1,000?

HILTON (2016)

The Advocacy Toolkit is a collection of Open Educational Resources you can use to promote OER on your campus. This section offers an advocacy planning worksheet that can be personalized for specific stakeholders as well as additional resources relevant to Open Education.

an internal planning document for how you will convince key internal and external constituents to support the work that you are doing, created by SPARC

a short, two-page introduction to Open Educational Resources, created by SPARC

a helpful infographic that highlights the need for OER as well as benefits for faculty and students, created by ALT

a collaborative document that addresses the top seven myths about OER in North American higher education, as voted on by more than 100 faculty, librarians, students and other members of the OER community, created by SPARC

Advocacy Videos

Katie Gosa on OER at TED X UTA

Why Open Education Matters

Faculty Perspectives

A Review of the Effectiveness of OER