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Open Educational Engineering Resources: Adoption and Development by Faculty and Instructors

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2017 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Columbus, Ohio

Publication Date

June 24, 2017

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June 24, 2017

End Date

June 28, 2017

Conference Session

Technical Session 2: Improving Information Literacy Programs

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Engineering Libraries

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Chelsea Leachman Washington State University

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Chelsea Leachman is the engineering librarian at Washington State University. She obtained here Masters of Library and Information Science from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee in 2011. She has a background in science and engineering. She received her Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science with a minor in geology from the University of Idaho 2007.

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Talea Anderson Washington State University

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Talea Anderson works as Scholarly Communication Librarian in the Center for Digital Scholarship and Curation at Washington State University.

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As the cost of higher education has continued to rapidly rise, the associated student government organization at a particular university campus successfully launched a Course Material Cost Reduction Initiative. In their statement to the Provost’s Office, campus bookstore, and Faculty Senate, students called on instructors and administrators to consider strategies for reducing the cost of course materials. Following discussion, the campus responded by creating a task force, which ultimately recommended, among other things, increased use of open educational resources (OERs) on campus. The task force made initial forays into open education by matching available OERs to general-education undergraduate courses such as introductory biology, mathematics, and history. However, when addressing engineering courses, they encountered unique problems related to the availability of appropriate resources and the organization of departmental selection processes. For this project, the scholarly communication librarian and the engineering librarian at the university have come together to work with the College of Engineering to address the best way to incorporate OERs into upper-division undergraduate courses for engineering students. As a basis for this work, the librarians have surveyed and interviewed faculty and instructors about their perceptions and needs related to OERs. Based on this work, the authors suggest best practices for liaison librarians in engineering and other specialized fields who wish to incorporate OERs into their outreach work.

Leachman, C., & Anderson, T. (2017, June), Open Educational Engineering Resources: Adoption and Development by Faculty and Instructors Paper presented at 2017 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Columbus, Ohio. 10.18260/1-2--28725

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