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OER: Best Practices

Guide for members of the Affordable Learning Georgia Faculty Learning Community on Open Educational Resources.

Goals of the Faculty Learning Community on OERs

The Affordable Learning Georgia Faculty Learning Community on OERs will be made up of 8 - 12 Campus Champions and Library Coordinators. The experience is intended to enhance each participant's understanding and implementation of OERs in a variety of instructional settings.


The goals of the USG Faculty Learning Community on OER are to:

  • Build awareness and community around OER efforts on your campus and system-wide
  • Identify institutional and system-wide processes that support or hinder OER adoption, and make recommendations for changes where appropriate
  • Identify and evaluate sources for quality OER that can be shared at the institutional and system level
  • Identify and evaluate OER-­enabled pedagogical approaches that may lead to student success
  • Learn how to establish faculty learning communities to promote a campus‐wide dialogue about OER adoption, creation, and develop



Members of the ALG Faculty Learning Community on OERs

Denise Dimsdale, Education Librarian, Georgia State University, Email:

CJ Ivory, Instruction Librarian, University of West Georgia, Email:

Tamara Powell, Director, College of Humanities and Social Sciences Office of Distance Education & Professor of English, Kennesaw State University, Email:

Nikki Rech, Research Services Librarian, Georgia Southern University, Email:, Phone: 912-478-7822, Co-Chair

Bonnie Robinson, UNG Press, Director, University of North Georgia, Email:

Brenda Rutherford, Resource Sharing/Serials Librarian, Gordon State College, Email:

Susanna Smith, Acquisitions Librarian, Georgia Highlands College, Email:, Phone: 706-802-5197

Deborah Van Petten, Reference Librarian, Valdosta State University,, Phone: 229-245-3749, Co-Chair