Toward a Sustainable OER Ecosystem: The Case for OER Stewardship
By Lisa Petrides, Douglas Levin, and C. Edward Watson
The following is from the above link, with my comments in italics:
- Contribute: OER stewards actively contribute to efforts, whether financially or via in-kind contributions, to advance the awareness, improvement, and distribution of OER; how do we define “steward”? what are examples of “efforts”? and
- Attribute: OER stewards practice conspicuous attribution, ensuring that all who create or remix OER are properly and clearly credited for their contributions; what do we do when we see something that is not attributed? and
- Release: OER stewards ensure OER can be released and used beyond the course and platform in which it was created or delivered; this is absolutely needed; how many times have I been puzzled or struggled with trying to work on a different device/platform? and
- Empower: OER stewards are inclusive and strive to meet the diverse needs of all learners, including by supporting the participation of new and non-traditional voices in OER creation and adoption. This requires reaching out to colleagues as well as students who are less comfortable with OER, and perhaps suspicious of it.