A number of organizations provide information about OER for students and/or advocate for OER and the benefits that may be realized by students
2:10 mins. VaTechLibraries. CC BY 3.0
Many higher education institutions have asked students how they feel about, and what challenges the face as a result of, course material costs. Here, students at the Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University share their thoughts.
Because librarians have these campus connections, they can use the opportunity to increase awareness of OERs among these key stakeholders in higher education and help to create an understanding of their benefits. They can:
Help to create institutional support via senate and faculty discussions, whenever they are involved.
Address policies that work against OER creation
Once agreement between stakeholders is reached, the can help to create policies and procedures that support OER creation
Advocate for institutional assistance for content creation (please see the UMass Amherst example here)
Can work with stakeholders in order to secure appropriate funding and can lobby for open textbook creation, distribution and reuse.
Additionally, in regard to creation, given their extensive skill set, librarians can give:
intellectual property advice
instructional design and pedagogical assistance
assistance in mixing or adapting OERs in a wide range of formats
providing access to technology via multimedia labs
expertise in cataloging and classification
housing and archiving OERs via content management systems, and,
dissemination of OERs to facilitate delivery.