Libraries as makers of OER: A Pilot Project
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The University of Oklahoma Libraries and the History of Science Collection have spent the last year planning Galileo's World, an exhibition showcasing the time period of Galileo through 300 rare books, hand-crafted instrument replicas, and companion digital resources in an exhibition without walls. The exhibition will have physical gallery spaces, as well as online exhibits and educational materials focused on the story of Galileo and his time period, especially emphasizing the creativity and interconnectedness of human achievement. One of our primary methods of development has been the creation of open educational resources to support the exhibition and help develop the educational outreach of the History of Science Collections. In order to accomplish this we established the OU Academy of the Lynx, an education partner group, that has the creation of OER content as a fundamental goal. The OER materials include digital scans of primary resources, exhibition gallery guides, and educational activities. For the past 2 years, we have been working to engage K-20 faculty and students as not only consumers of OER, but as creators and re-mixers of this exhibition content. This presentation will outline our multiple approaches to engaging the educational community as creators of OER content, both our successes and setbacks. We hope to spark a discussion of some of the many ways libraries and special collections can support the creation and adoption of OER built around our unique content.