Getting Started with Open Educational Resources

Tuesday, 11/13/2018
  • 1:00 PM (Eastern)
  • 12:00 PM (Central)
  • 11:00 AM (Mountain)
  • 10:00 AM (Pacific)

Any information professional working in an educational setting should be prepared to educate their peers and administrators on the benefits of Open Educational Resources (OER) adoption. In addition, students need to be regularly educated on the pros and cons of OER in the classroom to give them an opportunity to rate the success of such use in the classroom. 

This webinar will present statistics about the problems of expensive textbook requirements (for higher education and public k-12), equity issues in higher education that can be resolved with the adoption of OER, the definitions associated with copyright, Creative Commons licensing, public domain works, fair use, and what it means to contribute to the open learning community. An invitation to collaborate on OER development will be offered to participants. Sharing the presenter's work on various committees will also give participants alternate ways to become involved in the open community. Come prepared to share your own OER initiatives.

Learning Outcomes

By the end of this webinar, the participant will be able to:

  • Define open educational resources for a variety of users
  • List the issues surrounding the textbook problem for a variety of stakeholders
  • Find resources to locate and evaluate open educational resources for higher education
  • Understand the importance of open material development and sharing as a means to serve minority populations and the open learning movement.

Who Should Attend

Anyone working in the higher education sector looking to start an OER campaign at their institution should attend. Students in higher education would benefit from this presentation as an advocate on their own local campus. Professional librarians are ideal advocates for the use of OER due to their daily interaction with students, faculty, publishers, licensed-content, finding aid development, reference searches, and copyright permissions. 


Alexis Carlson, Assistant Professor/Reference Librarian with the Indian River State College, has created faculty development in OER education since 2013. She currently implements a faculty grant project at IRSC for the Gladys Williams Wolf Endowed Teaching Chair on " The Benefits of Open Educational Resource Adoption." In this role, she has become involved in serving the open-education community through statewide and national committee work, developing an administrative-backed OER initiative at her College, and initiating student conversations about textbook expenses. 



Individual registration rates are as follows:

RUSA members: $45

ALA members: $50

ALA student & retired members: $25

Non-members: $65

Group rate: $99 single login, $38/per person multiple logins (min 2 people)

How to Register

Register Online

Tech Requirements

This webinar will be offered using Zoom . Please ensure that you have internet connect. Audio for these sessions will be streamed over computer speakers and via a teleconference line. You will be able to ask questions and interact with the presenter and other webinar participants via chat.


Questions about your registration should be directed to

Technical questions about the webinar should be directed to Ninah Moore, RUSA Training & Events Coordinator, at

Thank you and we look forward to your participation!