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Open Educational Resources Advocacy Toolkit

What is OER Advocacy?

OER have tremendous potential to change education. Advocacy is a core process for addressing this change, bringing the issue to the forefront of the agenda for decision-makers. The Toolkit will help library staff communicate the value of OER toward influencing decisions that will impact teaching and learning at their organisations and beyond.

Successful OER advocacy requires a range of skills, knowledge and evidence, including:

  • passion about the concept of openness
  • the ability to collaborate across the university and connect people and ideas
  • clarity on the economic and pedagogical benefits of OER
  • insight into how the local policy environment may constrain or enable OER use
  • understanding of the freedoms associated with different open licensing arrangements
  • access to practical examples of OER use to illustrate key points and inspire action
  • current knowledge of the trends of practice and scholarship concerning open education
  • ability to engage audiences effectively by actively listening to concerns, linking open education approaches as possible solutions or mitigating strategies, and a willingness to lead initiatives arising from this approach
  • capacity to leverage students, administrators, faculty and library staff as advocacy partners.

Attributions

Adapted from 'Advocacy' in the OER Toolkit by The Learning Portal College Libraries Ontario, licensed under a CC BY-NC 4.0 licence.