“A piece of knowledge,
unlike a piece of physical property,
can be shared by large groups of people
without making anybody poorer.”
― Aaron Swartz
The Future of Textbooks
OPEN EDUCATIONAL RESOURCES
TinaUlrichOER | OER Consultant
I am a professional librarian with ten years experience as the director of a community college library. Under my leadership, our faculty saved students over $1.2 million in three years by adopting open textbooks and teaching with free or low-cost materials. Our OER Team received the 2019 Staff Excellence Award.
My goal is to help creative and conscientious teachers find and organize free and open text materials into a format that will enable them to do their best work.
I have served on the Michigan Academic Library Association’s Board and as chair of the OER Interest Group. I have received recognition from the Community College Consortium for OER. I am a certified Creative Commons librarian.
Leading faculty professional development events
Working with OER task forces and committees to plan events and develop strategies
Talking to student groups about how they can support OER efforts on campus
Connecting faculty and staff with expertise in the larger OER community
Searching OER repositories for appropriate resources
Clarifying licensing and copyright issues
Aligning course materials with learning outcomes
- Finding slides, assessments, and other auxiliary materials
Advising on workflow and timing for making the transition
Formatting remixed OER textbooks for printing
Finding openly licensed images to use in OER slides and textbooks
Giving options for the best format for student access
Working with bookstores and online printing sites to make print copies of OER textbooks available to students
Aligning materials with accessibility standards
WHAT PEOPLE SAY
DR. STEVEN BAILEY
Professor | Department of English Language and Literature
Cantral Michigan University
When it comes to finding pertinent OER materials for instructors across the disciplines, nobody does it better than Tina Ulrich. We could not have created ZTC (Zero Textbook Cost) curriculums for our composition courses without her expert assistance. I often doubted we could locate suitable OER readings for our unique curricular requirements, but Tina found exactly what we needed every time!