OER in Legal Education
What is OER, how have law schools made use of open education resources, and what are some best practices and starting places for faculty and librarians who wish to support this open educational paradigm?
“The idea behind Open Educational Resources (OER) is simple but powerful—educational materials made freely and legally available on the Internet for anyone to reuse, revise, remix and redistribute” (William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, 2013).
A U.S. Student Public Interest Group (PIRG) Report in January 2014, published a survey that described the difficulty students are encountering in paying for expensive textbooks in addition to tuition.
The presentation will cover the following:
- What is OER and why should we care?
- Which law schools are using OER?
- How to get started in OER? A sample faculty integration model is proposed
Law schools can support student success by making higher education more affordable through helping faculty transition from costly textbooks to open educational resources.
To eliminate the need for students to purchase required course materials the presentation advocates the following:
- Using peer-reviewed Open Educational Resources found in OER repositories;
- Effectively using digital resources licensed by your library; and
- Supporting the development of Open Educational Resources by faculty.