Lona Oerther, Visiting Assistant Professor of Library Services, was selected as one of 62 individuals nationwide to participate in the Open Educational Resources (OER) Librarianship Certification Program from the Open Textbook Network.
The OER Certification Program is meant to develop open education leaders who will advocate for OER. The nine month program will begin in February 2020, and will include a three-day in person workshop to be held in April at the East Bank of the University of Minnesota’s campus in Minneapolis.
The OER movement is meant to lower the cost of higher education for students by creating textbooks and materials for classes at no cost to the students. OER Commons, a digital library of open educational resources, defines OERs as “teaching and learning materials freely available for everyone to use, whether you are a teacher or a learner.” The library is proud of its involvement in this important initiative, having supported the use and development of OER across campus for several years.
“Open Educational Resources are a necessary step in ensuring our students can afford an education. It’s what we do as Librarians. We seek out how to help and support those ideas that lift our community. OER’s do that. Lona’s participation in the OER Librarianship program will benefit both the library and campus. This was a competitive process and we’re very happy she was selected.”Rhonda Gonzales, Dean of Library Services,
The program ends in September, 2020 and will include plans to implement or continue OER initiatives at the participant’s institutions. Professor Oerther is very excited to be part of a movement that will make a difference in her student’s educational goals,
For more information about Open Educational Resources and how to implement them, you can contact Professor Oerther at firstname.lastname@example.org.