Reflecting on outcomes from collaborative production of Math OER at Scottsdale Community College (AZ), Prof. Donna Gaudet argues that use of OER improves faculty collaboration and raises the quality of learning materials.
Most definitely. it’s one thing to put together some OER stuff for your own class and know you are never going to share it with anyone. It’s another thing to raise the bar and create materials that you know at a minimum are being used by 30 or 40 people in your department. This act of sharing within a department puts faculty under a microscope, and academics have recognised the need to present their material professionally. OER production has both necessitated and enabled the department to work together, and this collaboration has led to great satisfaction.