Librarians and Educational Resources
Libraries support their faculty with educational collections: on-site, online and/or open, as books, e-textbooks, coursepacks, educational platforms, video, in 3D or VR, etc. The WG on ER will help librarians with their support on how to find, use, create and share educational resources.
How to find
The discovery of educational content requires a different focus, with regards to educational level, language, quality assurance, and where to find it. Traditionally, libraries have always supported teaching with the provision of textbooks. Books on reading lists are available at the library, and teachers are supported when setting up the lists and choosing the right versions. For several years now, reading list software is taken into production in connection to library systems to help setting up the lists. But to find and make available all content that is consistent with the intended learning outcomes, requires more than the traditional library discovery.
How to use
What are restrictions in copyright when it comes to use of material in an educational environment? What can be used for what educational level? Can material be edited and re-used in a different setting? And can e-textbooks be bought only at enormous costs for single concurrent users or can we work together in changing publisher models?
How to create
Educational resources should not just transfer passive knowledge, but should seduce students into active learning and participation. What does that mean for the creation of educational material? Which pedagogical approaches can be applied? And how can we trust the quality, when peer review processes are not in place as they are in the publication process of research publications? There are many platforms and publishing tools that can help teachers create e-textbooks. The library can help setting up these platforms, offering support for using them and managing the content.
How to share
While teaching online, teachers create courses and content that is worth of being shared among colleagues. The library can help preserving newly created content, and can support sharing this content with the right licenses and copyright compliance. As OER repositories have existed for a long time already, use and demand have risen enormously, and librarians are needed to manage the repositories and help their faculty use them. Supporting open education through Open Educational Resources is a growing topic for librarians. While OER Librarian is a job title at libraries in the US, European libraries have started to work in this area as well. With practical support for creation, sharing and finding OER but also with strategy, lobby and policy building, making use of experiences in the field of Open Access/ Open Science.