Open Educational Resources Professional Development Program 2024


29 July - 18 October 2024

Academic libraries play a critical role in supporting the transformation of learning and teaching and enabling student success. The Open Educational Resources (OER) Professional Development Program aims to enhance the capability of university library staff to meet the challenges and opportunities afforded by the use of OER in the curriculum.

This structured and supportive program is delivered fully-online, with a combination of weekly synchronous (real-time) sessions, as well as work to be completed independently at a time that suits you. The program will be facilitated by OER experts, Ash Barber – Academic Librarian, University of South Australia and Jennifer Hurley - Lead, RMIT Open Publishing Team, RMIT University. 

This is a foundational OER course, with modules covering:

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

All course material is adapted for an Australian / New Zealand higher education context, and includes guest lectures from local practitioners. 

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.

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 OER 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.

Overall the time required should be no more than 2-3 hours per week. 


Registrations are now open until 24 July. Register via Eventbrite.

Fee: $349 for CAUL members / $449 for non-CAUL members

Program dates

The OER PD program will launch on Monday 29 July and will run for 12 weeks, concluding on Friday 18 October.

Program Development

The OER Professional Development Program was originally 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

Thank you also to the Program's 2023 facilitators, Nikki Andersen, University of Southern Queensland and Angie Williamson, Deakin University. 


Author Grace Daw
Last modified 8 July 2024