When we recommend an OER electronic book and/or create one, we might want to consider the following observations
How to sort the good from the bad in OER
Online resources are overflowing, but reliable means to evaluate them and help teachers use them are rare
The need for reliable evaluation has become more urgent with the flood of new, often free, online materials.
a few OER sources provide teacher support (aka professional development) in their offerings. Among them:
UnboundEd, a nonprofit created to continue the work of the Engage NY curriculum developers;
Open Up Resources, a nonprofit whose K-5 English Language Arts curriculum and middle-school math curriculum have both received top ratings from
EdReports, an evaluator;
Great Minds, which makes the highly popular Eureka Math curriculum, and
IBM Watson’s Teacher Advisor
The Learning Commons, a new, free website that will gather curated professional development resources
The Open Textbook Network (OTN) “promotes access, affordability, and student success through the use of open textbooks”. Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system is a member of this network. Check out what support resources we have as OTN members!
1. Earn $200 for reviewing an open textbook. OTN offers free webinars to teach faculty about the Open Textbook Library, where you can pick a book and write a brief review for $200. Click on one of the Spring 2019 dates to register for that day (all are on 2:30-4 pm) : Mon 1/28, Wed 3/27, Fri 5/20.
2. Sign up to learn about new open textbooks here.
3. Join the OTN Google Group to discuss topics around open textbooks, OERs, and Z degrees: firstname.lastname@example.org
The Library and Information Technology Association listserv has an interesting exchange of opinions regarding the use of blockchain for academic libraries.
The concept of OER related to blockchain is also discussed.
Colleagues: Have you received any emails from publishers that just don’t seem legit?
Jeffrey Beall provides definitions of predatory journals and predatory open access publishing here. In 2008, Beall had started to generate and publish a list of predatory publishers to alert faculty to scammers, and received assistance from Cabell’s. In 2017, Beall was forced to take down the list.
An anonymous group, “Stop Predatory Journals”, has taken Beall’s old list and updated it to provide a list of predatory publishers and predatory journals. They also provide some basic criteria for identifying a potential predatory publisher.
So–have you received any emails from publishers that just don’t seem legit? What did you do about it, and how can we help? Please share your experiences (as well as the names of those predatory publishers or journals) below–you will help out your colleagues by doing so!
(Thank you to SCSU librarian Cindy Gruwell for bringing this back to our attention, with those new updated lists!)
44% of surveyed K12 leaders predict OER will grow faster then other trends in their district
Please contact us, if you have an OER in progress and are contemplating publishing it soon
What: Spring 2019 CETL Resource Fair
Where: Cascade Room, Atwood Memorial Union, St. Cloud State University
When: Wednesday, January 9th, 10:30 am – 12 pm
Who: Rachel Wexelbaum and Plamen Miltenoff
What is OER?
OERs include full courses, course materials, modules, textbooks, streaming videos, software, or any other tools, materials, or techniques used to support free access to knowledge.
Where can I find examples of OER?
The St Cloud State University Library Open Access Subject Guide provides searchable collections of open textbooks, open educational resources, open access journals/ebooks, open data, and free licensed media.
The St. Cloud State University OER Blog will give people an opportunity to discuss and explore existing and new OER.
Who can help me find OER?
Who can help me develop OER?
The University Library / InforMedia Services will work with you to develop OERs for your courses rich on multimedia and interactivity. Please contact Plamen Miltenoff at email@example.com for more information.
The Minnesota State System Office provides opportunities for OER review, learning circles, workshops, and funding opportunities through their Faculty Development Connect site. To subscribe, please contact Kimberly Johnson, Minnesota State Faculty Development Coordinator, at firstname.lastname@example.org.