draft – OER Success Framework


The process to ensure success with the implementation of open educational resources (OER) on a campus leverages the expertise of the SUNY campuses that are successfully using OER, and the expertise of the Open SUNY Institutional Readiness process. It provides a framework of assessments, best practices, and technology tools for supporting faculty to locate, adopt, and adapt OER.  

OER Definition

Open educational resources (OER) are any resources available at little or no cost that can be used for teaching, learning, or research. The term can include textbooks, course readings, and other learning content; simulations, games, and other learning applications; syllabi, quizzes, and assessment tools; and virtually any other material that can be used for educational purposes. OER typically refers to electronic resources, including those in multimedia formats, and such materials are generally released under a Creative Commons or similar license that supports open or nearly open use of the content. OER can originate from colleges and universities, libraries, archival organizations, government agencies, commercial organizations such as publishers, or faculty or other individuals who develop educational resources they are willing to share. http://net.educause.edu/ir/library/pdf/ELi7061.pdf

Why Do Open Educational Resources Matter?

What Is the OER Success Framework Process Like?

This is a three-part campus consulting engagement process, facilitated by experienced OER implementers, using a rubric of standards derived from successful OER implementations nationally and in SUNY. The process is outlined below:

Conducting the Self-Assessment

1. Overview of Process and Campus Commitment & Expectations 2. Self-Assessment
3. Implementation Planning
1-2 hours (virtual or on the campus). For campuses that have not gone through the IR process, on campus is recommended. 1/2 day (on the campus) 1/2 day (on the campus)
or virtual
Engagement with Campus Leadership and could include Campus Community

  • Campus background and strategy/ goals for OER
  • Update on SUNY OER hub and discussion of campus role
  • Review of Success in OER rubric: 7 categories of quality and 27 indicators
  • Outline process and time frame for deliverables
Engagement with Campus Leadership Team

  • Individuals complete self-assessment
  • Facilitated discussion to determine consensus ratings
  • Identify best practices
    • Assign best practices for documentation
  • Identify areas where gaps need to be closed to meet requirements of quality indicator
Engagement with Campus Leadership Team

  • Individuals present documented best practices
  • Individuals identify possible actions to close gaps
    • Review suggestions for addressing gaps
  • Create working groups to identify possible actions to close gaps
    • schedule individual meetings with groups
    • identify action items & report to full group
  • Proposal from Leadership Team to President for comprehensive implementation plan:
    • Organizational structure
    • Sustaining best practices
    • Closing gaps
    • Benchmarking
    • Continuous Quality Improvement

Who Should Participate?

It is recommended that a campus leadership team include: Provost, Chief Financial Officer, Chief Information Officer, Chief Student Affairs Officer, Faculty Governance Leader, Faculty Champions/Advocates for OER, Teaching Faculty, Instructional Designer, Library Director and Librarian Champions/Advocates, Bookstore Manager/Representative, Institutional Research Coordinator, Academic Leadership (Deans/Dept Chairs/Program Directors), Distance Learning Leader, Student Government Representation

How Do You Participate?

Contact SUNY OER Services @ Open SUNY Textbooks via http://textbooks.opensuny.org/opensuny-textbooks-project/contact/

1 OER Evidence Report 2013-2014 https://oerresearchhub.files.wordpress.com/2014/11/oerrh-evidence-report-2014.pdf