Director of the OSUN Library Resources Program Meggan Houlihan (third from right) attended an OSUN OER Working Group meeting in Vienna this summer, with librarians representing Bard College, BRAC University, Central European University, and the American University of Beirut.
The Open Society University Network (OSUN), of which Bard is a cofounder, recently joined the Open Education Network, a supportive community of more than 300 global members advancing the use of open educational resources (OER) and related practices to empower faculty, remove barriers to education, and enhance student success. OSUN’s membership in the network furthers its commitment to education equity through OER. “When we talk about the equitable classroom experience, that includes access to course materials,” said Meggan Houlihan, director of the OSUN Library Resources Program and member of OSUN’s OER Working Group. “If we can’t get students the materials they need, then it’s not an equitable learning experience. This is why OER is so important to OSUN.” Open educational resources play a key role in OSUN’s goal to develop syllabi and courses that rely on open materials.