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Affordable Learning Solutions (AL$)

A guide to Affordable Learning Solutions (AL$) at California State University - Dominguez Hills (CSUDH).

OER Faculty Training Program

Purpose
The purpose of the OER faculty training program is to increase faculty familiarity with OER and provide an intellectual foundation for productive discussion about Open Educational Resources and to promote finding, evaluating, and adopting OER in a quick, low-stakes environment to speed OER adoption at CSUDH.
Faculty benefits

  • Faculty development activities throughout the program
  • Receive a monetary stipend that can be used for professional development for participation

Campus benefits

  • OER Faculty Fellows become ambassadors and mentors for other faculty interested in adopting Open Educational Resources

Faculty Eligibility

  • All faculty (tenured, tenure-track and lecturers).
  • If there is a higher demand for faculty participation that the stipend budget cannot accommodate, then an application process will be implemented. The selection committee will be made up of members of the AL$ Steering Committee. Members of the AL$ committee are not eligible to apply.
  • The call is open with regard to discipline. 

 

OER Faculty Insider Training: 

$300 stipend per faculty member. Faculty can expect to spend about 2 hours per week for 3 weeks [6 hours] to complete the online readings, activities, and course requirements for the below:
__ Complete OER Basics training I 
__ Review an open textbook in your disciplinary area

OER Faculty Fellow Training:

$700 stipend per faculty member (6 weeks*). Faculty can expect to spend about 2 hours per week for 6 weeks [12 hours] to complete the online readings, activities, and course requirements for the below:
__ Complete OER Basics I training 
__ Complete OER Basics II training
__ Review an open textbook in your disciplinary area
__ Meet 1-1 with the OER librarian to discuss open textbook options

OER Basics Mini-Courses

Both OER courses are available in an online, asynchronous format in Blackboard.

OER Basics I: Solving the Problem of Expensive Course Materials: familiarizes participants with the OER-related concepts necessary to participate in an informed discussion of OER. Participants are expected to achieve the following learning outcomes: 

• Participants will be able to explain why expensive course materials impede academic progress for some college students.
 • Participants will be able to define the following terms: copyright, licensing, derivative, and public domain. 
• Participants will be able to describe the four factors associated with fair use. 
• Participants will be able to describe the defining characteristics of openly licensed content, namely the 5 permissions granted by open licenses. 
• Participants will be able to explain why openly licensed content offers a solution to the problem of expensive course materials. 
• Participants will be able to summarize the permissions and restrictions associated with each type of Creative Commons license. 
• Participants will be able to explain the differences between openly licensed materials and library licensed materials. 


OER Basics II: Finding, Evaluating, and Adopting Open Textbooks: focuses on open textbooks and gives participants experience finding, evaluating, and attributing OER. Participants in OER Basics II are expected to achieve the following learning outcomes: 
• Participants will be able to explain the difference between openly licensed content and Open Educational Resources (OER). 
• Participants will be able to explain the pedagogical benefits of using textbooks as course materials. 
• Participants will be able to summarize a frequently used publication model for open textbooks. • Participants will be able to apply an OER quality rubric in order to determine whether or not a given open textbook is likely to positively impact student learning. 
• Participants will be able to summarize themes in the scholarly literature regarding the efficacy of OER. 

OER Basics II contains assessments that require participants to apply knowledge gained in both OER Basics I and OER Basics II. 

Upcoming Dates:

Thank you to those that took our survey to let us know when they would like to take the OER Basics courses. We are planning to next offer the OER Basics I & II during the summer of 2022. If you'd like to receive a notification when registration opens, please email our OER Team at als@csudh.edu