Open Educational Resources Professional Development Program

Through their projects, partnerships and services, academic libraries play a critical role in enabling the modern curriculum and supporting the transformation of learning and teaching and enabling student success. The Open Educational Resources (OER) professional development (PD) program aims to enhance the capability of university library staff to meet the challenges and opportunities afforded by the use of OERs in the modern curriculum. We will provide a structured and supportive program, delivered fully online and with a combination of synchronous (real-time) sessions of up to 1 hour per week, as well as work to be completed independently at a time that suits you between synchronous sessions. Overall the time required should be no more than 2 hours per week. 

This will be a foundational OER course, with modules covering:

  • an introduction to OER
  • open licensing and copyright
  • finding and evaluating OER
  • adapting and creating OER.

We encourage participants to bring a friend (a library colleague or ally, such as a learning designer or academic) so that you can collaborate as you learn and plan how you will activate and implement your knowledge. It's a great chance to deepen understanding of OERs and the possibilities for change they offer across your workplace, in partnership with others. Of course, you can still participate solo; there will be lots of opportunities to learn with the broader group.

To make the most of your learning experience, your new knowledge will be applied through a project plan that is developed over the course of the program. This project plan will enable you to consider and plan how you will implement your learning within your own workplace, in a way that is commensurate with your role and opportunities. All content is adapted for an Australian / New Zealand higher education context.

The OER PD program is for:

  • library staff at all levels with an interest in learning about the use of OERs in a modern curriculum
  • learning designers and academics who partner with library in delivering a modern curriculum
  • LIS students.

Registrations will be limited so start thinking about who you can participate with now and register to secure your place!


The 2022 offering of the program has sold out. The 2023 offering will first open to those on the waitlist. 

Program dates

The OER PD program will launch on 26 September 2022 and will run for 12 weeks, until mid-December, with an optional 13th week. Synchronous sessions will be held weekly, likely on a Thursday or a Friday, to allow participants some flexibility to suit their work days. 


Why is there a fee to participate in the program? 

The registration fee covers some of the costs incurred by CAUL to develop and deliver the program, including content development and payments for facilitators. The member fee of $95 represents great value for a 12-week program of approximately 2 hours per week that includes structured, cohort-based practical learning. 

Why is the content not being made open?

In order to facilitate the best learning experience, the content will be released week by week to participants, rather than the whole course all at once. The content will be CC licenced and made openly available in the future, however, the facilitated learning experience is provided under a fee-for-service arrangement.

Program Development

The OER Professional Development Program has been developed as a program project in the Enabling a Modern Curriculum Program. CAUL would like to thank the Project Team members:

  • Marion Slawson, Associate Librarian Client Services, Federation University Australia (Project Lead)
  • Nikki, Andersen, Open Education Content Librarian, University of Southern Queensland
  • Anne Hawkins, Coordinator, Copyright & Open Access, University of Adelaide
  • Sarah Howard, Associate Director Queensland University of Technology
  • Kate McVey, Senior Librarian, Engagement, University of Western Australia
  • Kylie Tran, Education Librarian, University of Melbourne
  • Ellie Sayyad Abdi, Senior Coordinator, Digital Library Learning Resources, La Trobe University




Author Kate Davis
Last modified 25 July 2023