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BYU Faculty Highlight

John Hilton, III--OER Advocate, User, and Researcher

October 29, 2020 01:40 PM
Dr. John Hilton, III is no stranger to Open Educational Materials. He has researched, used and developed open materials for years with his colleagues in the Open Ed Group ( His research touches on the efficacy of OER as well as important considerations in using open resources.

Royce Kimmons--OER Advocate in Educational Technology

October 29, 2020 01:33 PM
Dr. Royce Kimmons uses and produces Open Educational Materials for his courses taught in the McKay School of Education. He has developed and published multiple textbooks and other course materials, many of which can be found on an open publishing platform he created at

Thom Edlund--OER in Russian Literature

October 29, 2020 01:29 PM
Not only is Thom Edlund a Senior librarian at BYU's Harold B. Lee Library, but he also teaches Russian literature classes. He has found that teaching using Open Educational Materials benefits the students as they are able to explore a greater breadth of literature options.

Recent OER & Affordability News

UC and Elsevier Reach Agreement in 10-year Deal

On 16 March 2021 the University of California reached a 10-year deal with Elsevier to publish UC-authored journal articles openly. You can read the entire story at:

New Faculty Watch Report (2020) Published

The Faculty Watch report provides faculty perceptions and behaviors to allow you to effectively understand the evolution of course content. The report explores the course materials selection process, tracks faculty usage of materials, and analyzes faculty attitudes toward the college store.

Best Practices in Fair Use for Open Educational Resources

This is a great resource for understanding the use of OER within the context of Fair Use. It is a list of links to webinars by employees of the American University Washington College of Law.

The Impact of OER Initiatives on Faculty Selection of Classroom Materials

The adoption of Open Educational Resources (OER) is on the rise, driven in part by increasing awareness of OER. But while faculty and institutions have shown increasing awareness and acceptance of OER, many remain unfamiliar with what they are, or how to utilize them.