Collins Library Links: Celebration of Creative Inquiry, Open Educational Resources


Celebration of Creative Inquiry!

Thanks to Peggy Burge for her meticulous work on this year’s bibliography. Browse
this list of impressive publications and congratulations to faculty and staff scholars:

Open Educational Resources 

Last year the Library coordinated Puget Sound’s participation in a year-long Institute sponsored by the Association of Colleges and Universities that focused on raising awareness about Open Educational Resources. The LMIS Committee has had a chance to learn about the work of the OER Team comprised of Ben Tucker (Library – Team Leader), Jane Carlin (Library), Margot Casson (Educational Technology), Kevin Kirner (Educational Technology), Melvin Rouse (Psychology), and Heidi Morton (Education). This email offers a short review of many of the key points of that work.

As the curriculum evolves and new courses are developed, we would like to encourage you to consider incorporating OER content in ways that may enhance the student experience. Library staff would be glad to assist you with information about how that might be done. The Library maintains a guide to OER which provides a number of sources to open textbooks at the following link:

A few of those sources are listed below:

  • OER Commons: This site is a public digital library of open educational resources. Explore, create, and collaborate with educators around the world to improve curriculum. OER Commons was developed to serve educators in discovering, creating, and collaborating around the use, evaluation, and improvement of open educational resources. Not only can OER Commons help during the hunt for OERs, but it can also serve as a place to create resources. The OER Commons open author tool allows users to combine text, images, audio, and video files into their own customized resource as well as create brand new resources from scratch.
  • Open Textbook Library: The Open Textbook Library provides a growing catalog of free, peer-reviewed, and openly-licensed textbooks.
  • Open Case Studies at UBC: These open case studies were created by faculty and students at the University of British Columbia. While many of these case studies focus on sustainability, they feature a broad range of topics across disciplines.
  • Merlot: A web-based repository of educational material that is free, open, and peer reviewed.
  • If you are interested in learning more about OER efforts, the OER final report goes into greater detail.
  • Curious about open pedagogy, please see last year’s presentation by Robin DeRosa titled Pedagogy and the Purpose of Open.
  • To find out more on how OER can support equitable student success see Lisa Young’s workshop Supporting an Institutional OER Strategy

For further information contact Library Director, Jane Carlin or Librarian Ben Tucker.

Thank you,
Jane Carlin, Library Director

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