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In 2018 the Alabama Commission on Higher Education (ACHE) began to formalize their efforts to increase OER adoption at colleges and universities in the state. Part of ACHE’s efforts included offering a series of workshops to librarians, faculty, and administrators from institutions throughout Alabama. In addition to the workshops, ACHE also offered a grant program to facilitate OER adoption and assessment of student outcomes in courses where this new OER was used. Spurred by the ACHE initiatives, the President and the Provost of the University of North Alabama (UNA) encouraged faculty to apply for one of the grants. They also tasked the Director of Educational Technology (ETS), who oversees the design, development, and quality assurance of online courses, and the Interim University Librarian (IUL) to implement structured OER efforts on campus. The ETS director and the IUL asked the Scholarly Communications Librarian to work with them to create a robust and sustainable OER program for the university. This presentation will detail how these three individuals began to build, advocate, and educate across the UNA campus.

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Collaboration, Sustainability, OER Adoption


Library and Information Science | Scholarly Communication

Working Across Departments: Successful Scaffolding of an OER Program



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