"Scholars are increasingly being asked to share teaching materials, publish in open access journals, network in social media, and reuse open educational resources (OER). The theoretical benefits of Open Educational Practices (OEP) have become understood in the academic community but thus far, the use of OER has not been rapidly adopted. We aim to understand the challenges academics face with in attempting to adopt OEP, and identify whether these are related to or stem from the functionalities afforded by current repositories of OER (ROER). By understanding what academics and experts consider good practices, we can develop guidelines for quality in the development of ROER. In this article we present the findings from a study surveying academics using OER and experts who develop and/or work with ROER. We conclude by suggesting a framework to enhance the development and quality of ROER."
In this post, Dot Porter (University of Pennsylvania) critiques a recently-published OCLC report (Does Every Research Library Need a Digital Humanities Center?), drawing attention to the range of backgrounds and stations occupied by those who practice DH, inside or outside of the library.
Interesting assumptions around the role of degree (where is the inculcation of professional identity in this discussion? - I'm not saying it's not there I just wonder about degree's role) and death of librarianship- I don't have a good enough sense of whether this is true or not. The death of the library in it's current form / remit maybe, but death of LIS skills I'm much less convinced - but I'm on the sidelines of this discussion.
Oregon State University (OSU) is helping faculty produce their own open access textbooks for courses. The university press, an arm of the OSU libraries, is starting work on a series of open source e-textbooks that officials hope will ease the rising textbook costs that are a consistent cause of student complaints. To make the etextbook program work, the library and press are partnering with OSU’s Ecampus program, which administers distance and online learning programs for the college.