The BCOER is a grassroots group of BC postsecondary librarians interested in Open Education Resources (OER) and informally meeting to discover and share ways to support the use of quality OER by faculty and students.
The group met initially in December 2013, after a few BC postsecondary librarians began to meet and share ideas, tools, and strategies on how they might support faculty in their adoption of open textbooks and OER. The resources and guides shared here is a result of this continuing provincial collaboration.
The group meets monthly virtually (by telephone or web conference) and shares it’s work on a Mediawiki space. The activities and work of BCOER is supported by BCcampus. For more information or find out how you can get involved with the BCOER, contact Debra Flewelling, BCOER Chair, firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow BCOER happenings on Twitter #bcoer.
Frame of Reference
(note this 2014 Frame of Reference is currently being updated)
Definition of Open Education Resources
Open Education Resources (OER) is a broadly defined term and includes resources related to the development of instruction. For the purpose of this project, OER will refer to open resources such as journal articles, books, associated course materials and AV materials such as streaming audio and video. At this time course development materials, such as instructional modules, course syllabi, presentation and quizzes, will not be included. (http://wiki.creativecommons.org/What_is_OER%3F)
The objective of the BCOER group is to develop a set of resources to support librarians in their interactions with faculty related to OER. The resources developed are meant to provide a single authoritative and sustainable space for all BC libraries in the identification and use of OER resources.
The BCOER group will focus on the education and professional development of librarians facilitating faculty members in using and/or developing OER.
Develop a process of identifying and assessing OER resources for use in research and instruction.
- Develop a list of vetted resources by subject for referral
- Develop faculty discussion points for librarians on the subtle differences between OER and OA and their uses in research and instruction
- Provide and promote local events for professional development
- Develop a guide to OER initiatives
- Research OER assessment checklists and develop a brief outline
- Compile a list of OER reuse and copyright/licensing information to leverage in future resources
- Compile a list of OER professional development opportunities for librarians
- Compile a list of OER initiatives for faculty involvement
- Lin Brander, Librarian, Electrical & Electronics Collections Coordinator, BCIT
- Melanie Cassidy
- Suzanne Cowan, Public Service and Copyright Librarian, Capilano University
- Caroline Daniels, Systems Librarian, Kwantlen Polytechnic University
- Will Engle, Strategist, Open Education Initiatives, UBC (currently on leave)
- Erin Fields, Teaching & Learning Librarian (Flexible Learning), UBC
- Debra Flewelling, Open Education & Emerging Technologies Librarian, Douglas College
- Sybil Harrison, Director, Learning Services, Camosun College
- Inba Kehoe, Scholarly Communications, Librarian/Copyright Officer, University of Victoria
- Leva Lee, Professional Learning, BCcampus
- Shirley Lew, Library Director, Vancouver Community College
- Janis McKenzie, Library eBranch, Simon Fraser University
- Hope Power, Teaching & Learning Librarian, SFU Library
- Joy Rowe, Records Management Archivist, SFU
- Brenda Smith, Distance & Document Delivery Librarian, Thompson Rivers University
- Kevin Stranack, Public Knowledge Project, Community Services & Learning Coordinator
- Lindsay Tripp, Copyright Librarian, Langara College
- Martin Warkentin, Copyright Librarian, University of the Fraser Valley
- Lynda Williams, Teaching & Learning Centre, Simon Fraser University
We gratefully acknowledge the work of BCOER members who are no longer active with our group:
- Ju Dee Ang, UBC School of Library & Archival Studies (SLAIS) Professional Library student
- James Murphy, SLAIS Co-op Student (Information & Instruction, SFU Library)
- Stephanie Savage, SLAIS Student Volunteer
- Devin Soper, formerly of UBC Library
- Amanda Wanner, SLAIS UBC Student/Librarian