Open Educational Resources and Affordability (Off-RoadShow Virtual Workshop)

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ACRL’s virtual Open Educational Resources (OER) and Affordability RoadShow will help you understand the basics of OER and how libraries can be involved in affordability initiatives at your institution. This introductory virtual workshop is intended for academic librarians and library staff interested in learning about OER and/or developing OER initiatives. The online workshop begins with foundational knowledge about OER: What are OER? How do they impact faculty and students? We also discuss examples of and opportunities for library involvement in affordability initiatives, analyze stakeholders and institutional context, and determine appropriate strategies and goals for real-world application.

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Who Should Participate?

This is an introductory online workshop designed for attendees new to the topic of OER. It is appropriate for librarians with leadership and administrative responsibilities, liaisons, or any library staff member interested in building a foundational knowledge of affordable and open educational resources. Workshops are also open to campus partners who may be interested in learning about, leading, and/or supporting affordability initiatives, such as instructional designers, campus store managers, student government representatives, administrators, advisors, and others. Campuses considering hosting a workshop exclusive to their institution are encouraged to think broadly and inclusively about attendee invitations.

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Learning Outcomes

After attending this online workshop, participants will be able to:

  • Summarize key principles of open educational resources, affordability, and inclusion in order to explain common motivators and opportunities for the adoption, modification, and creation of open and alternative course materials.
  • Analyze how existing library skills and tools can be leveraged in order to advance the use of open and affordable resources in a variety of institutional contexts.
  • Identify possible roles for librarians and campus partners in supporting open and affordable resource use in order to articulate achievable actions that build community, further knowledge, and/or advance open and affordable resource solutions.

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Sample Schedule

This workshop takes place across two half-days, and the schedule is flexible as to mornings or afternoons. It is preferred to schedule the two sessions with a full day in between to allow time for reflection. Below is a sample agenda of a workshop scheduled over a Monday and Wednesday morning:

Day 1 (Mon)

9:00-9:15am: Welcome and overview
9:15-10:00am: Foundations of OER
10:00-10:30am: Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in OER
10:30-10:45am: Break
10:45-11:00am: My Skills Activity
11:00am-12:00pm: Library Roles in OER Initiatives
12:00-12:30pm: Wrap-up and Q&A

Day 2 (Weds)

9:00-9:30am: Welcome and Review Day 1
9:30-10:30am: Campus Partners
10:30-10:45am: Break
10:45-11:15am: Student Voices
11:15-11:45am: 15% Solutions Activity
11:45am-12:15pm: Wrap-up and Q&A


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Kathy Essmiller
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Ariana Santiago


Cost: $6,000 (as low as $100/person!)
Participants: 15 - 60
Presenters: 2-4

Organizational members of ACRL receive a 10% discount off the hosting cost. Not sure about your organization's membership status? Contact Margot Conahan at to find out.

Host Responsibilities

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Technology Requirements

Virtual Meeting Platform License and DJ

Host should have a virtual meeting platform license and provide someone to coordinate technical issues for the live sessions. Note: Presenters have a strong preference for Zoom. Please let ACRL know if your institution uses a different virtual meeting platform.

Host's virtual meeting software must have the following features:

  • Screen sharing capabilities
  • Breakout rooms
  • Chat
  • Polling
  • Ability to mute participants
  • Virtual hand-raise feature
  • Closed captioning

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Other Host Responsibilities

  • Management of registration process
  • Communicating with presenters and attendees
  • Marketing and publicity of the virtual workshop
  • Limit attendance to participant level set by ACRL
  • Provide attendee roster to presenters and ACRL
  • Ensuring a safe and harassment-free learning environment. We invite and encourage you to use ACRL's Statement of Appropriate Conduct as a model.

Ready to take your library off-road? Get in touch!

To schedule a virtual workshop, please contact Margot Conahan at