On April 21, CTLE held a faculty professional development workshop, the topic of which is Raising Awareness of OERs. Experts from the Teaching and Research section of the Library of the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT) from Australia shared different aspects around OERs. The workshop attracted about 30 UM academic staff.
Ms. Rebecca Rata of Library Services (Copyright) first explained what copyright was and introduced 5 important elements of OER: Reuse, Revise, Remix, Redistribute and Retain. She also mentioned a variety of different Creative Commons License and different levels of agreements, which would serve different purposes. (Download Slides) (Watch Video)
Mr. Frank Ponte, manager of Library Services (Teaching), introduced the various reasons why RMIT engaged with OER textbooks for teaching and learning; some of the main reasons being reduction of financial burden of students when buying textbooks and more flexibility for teachers. In addition, he also introduced free digital copyright management (DRM-Free) which would make access easier for students. Finally, from the perspective of library staff, he analyzed the scope of their OER functions, such as providing copyright usage suggestions to teachers. He also shared various OER resources of textbooks. (Download Slides) (Watch Video)