You might have arrived at this page because you care deeply about open education and spreading it at your institution. Perhaps you want the colleagues in your department to adopt open education, or you would like to inspire your institution to recognize your efforts to support students by cutting textbook cost. Something important to remember, particularly if you are one of a very small minority of people using open education at your institution, is that every successful open education project starts with one or two dedicated champions who build strong support. Faculty champions are necessary in the open education world. Here are some hints for how to get your institution, colleagues, department, or field to take note of your open education successes.
Be sure that you are articulating the change in students and their learning since you have changed to open education. If possible, try to show specific metrics in changes in completion rates, or changes in test scores between your open materials and your previous conventionally published textbook.
Share your Materials
For many faculty time is a big reason why they won’t adopt open materials. When you share your completed classes, you make it easier for your colleagues to follow in your footsteps. Sharing isn’t always easy, because someone might criticize your work, but sharing is the fastest way to inspire others in your field to adopt open education. Visit our open licensing page, and Creative Commons for information on open licensing and applying an open license to your own work.
Others in your institution might be using open education. Try to find those people. One network to check with is the library, often librarians know what innovative teaching activities are happening. Another place to find supportive colleagues is the professional development or Center for Engagement and Learning department, which can offer faculty a chance to find out about open education at their own institutions. If you can’t find people at your own institution who are interested in open education, connect with others outside of your institution through tools like the CCCOER Advisory List.
Identify Likely Administrative Champions
Talk about your success in open education with a trusted administrator, such as a dean or director. Chances are that your administration has heard of open education and might be looking for someone to help demonstrate the usefulness of open education.
Build Your Message
If you are interested in growing open education at your institution, it will help you build a cohesive message that describes what you are working to achieve. Consider your goals, the reasons why you are interested in adopting open materials, and who you would like to influence to craft a clear message that will inspire your colleagues, administrators, and students to support your efforts. It helps to be specific about what you want to achieve, and what you might need to make your open education work a success.