The Association of Research Libraries (ARL) has released Affordable Course Content and Open Educational Resources, SPEC Kit 351, an exploration of the degree to which ARL member institutions advocate, support, and develop such materials. This study gathered information on affordable course content and open educational resource (ACC/OER) initiatives at the institutional level and the role of the library in these initiatives. The research examined initiatives’ origins, implementation, governance, and funding; incentives for faculty participation; and the types of affordable/open course content that have been developed. The survey also explored library support of ACC/OER activities with staffing and services.
This SPEC Kit includes examples of library and institution ACC/OER webpages; educational events; incentive programs; resources adopted, adapted, or created; and job descriptions.
SPEC Kit 351, Affordable Course Content and Open Educational Resources
Anita Walz, Kristi Jensen, and Joseph A. Salem, Jr.
July 2016 • 154 pp.
SPEC Kit 351
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