Sharing Your OER Stories

Advocating for OER can shape the future of education. As we work together as OER champions, it is important that we share our stories – our successes, our failures, our challenges, and the ways that we overcome those challenges. When we share our stories, we inspire others to take action.

hand drawn illustration of why we share stories

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Learning from OER Stories

These sights are fantastic resources for inspiration, and can guide your own practice of sharing OER stories.

Humans of OER
This site from the Open Education Consortium features stories of people or projects that are making a difference in open education.

OER Stories
In this space hosted by Open Washington, community and technical college faculty share their personal journeys in using OER.

Open Education Stories from BC Campus
These videos share stories of how open education is transforming teaching and learning and making education more accessible for all learners.

Removing Barriers to Access
Creating and Reusing Problems Using OER
Learning Between the Lines with OER

Open Educational Resources (OER): Share Your Story
This site from the McHenry County College library is an excellent example of how simple stories can shape an OER advocacy initiative. Note the cost savings featured in these stories.

Contributing Your OER Stories

We each have our OER “aha” moments – those moments when we realize the value of OER, and the affordances that OER bring. As you consider a strategy for sharing and promoting OER, remember to include the stories of your OER experiences, and those of your students.

OER stories can be as simple as a paragraph about your efforts to adopt an open textbook, or a video testimonial from students in your class. The idea is to share your personal experience with identifying, finding, adopting, customizing, integrating, creating, licensing, and/or publishing OER.

You can share:

  • The details of an OER project/initiative on your campus.
  • Your perspectives on the availability of OER in your discipline.
  • The impact of OER adoption in your teaching, learning, and/or research.
  • Insight into institutional policies and practices related to OER.
  • Examples of how you are using Open Pedagogy to engage your students in the creation of open content.

Listen to our stories on the SUNY OER Services podcast series, OER Stories.


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