Panel discussion instructs on the benefits of Open Educational Resources.

Open Access Week took place in October, and the University Library held events related to Open Education. An Open Education Resources (OER) panel discussion was co-sponsored by the University Library and CELT. The conversation focused on the impact of OER in the classroom. Faculty using OER in their courses shared the benefits and challenges of making the switch and students offered their opinions on how OER could affect learning. One mathematics professor offered that adoption of open source text saves students money. A Ph.D. candidate in microbiology implemented open source text for a mycology class. At the end of the workshop, participants had some ideas for how to incorporate OER and make courses more affordable.

There was an OER pop-up display in the Parks Lobby and Librarian Abbey Elder talked textbook affordability with library visitors and how using OER can help students around the world, not only in Iowa. ”After all, bringing education to people outside of the university is a big part of our land-grant mission," Elder said.

For information, contact Abbey Elder, Open Access and Scholarly Communication Librarian, 515-294-5753.