Open Educational Resources or OER are teaching materials that reside in the public domain and are available under an open license. While the creation of high quality materials and cyberinfrastructure to share these resources is important, OER are much more than static resource repositories. Vibrant OER communities function as collaboration hubs and often include librarians, instructional technologists, instructors, education researchers, funders, open source software developers, and college administrators. Together these individuals work as a community to respond to changes in the education landscape, support student learning impacts both in terms of cost savings and student retention, and solve issues related to broadly sharing open resources on the web. This essay provides general information about OER, describes communities developing OER for STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) education, and presents insights about sustainability challenges. The sustainability challenges are organized according to multiple dimensions: cultural and social, economic and financial, and technological and environmental. In addition, OER provide important opportunities to address and promote social justice and open and accessible education philosophies. Knowing more about the OER landscape, sustainability challenges, and educational justice opportunities can help instructors use and contribute to this growing movement to reshape the landscape of undergraduate education.
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Carrie Diaz Eaton, Kaitlin Bonner, Karen Cangialosi, Bryan Dewsbury, Maggie Diamond-Stanic, Jason Douma, Michelle Smith, Jeremy M Wojdak, Taylor, R. (2022). Sustainability and Justice: Challenges and Opportunities for an Open STEM Education. Sustainability Challenges for Open Resources to promote an Equitable Undergraduate Biology Education (SCORE-UBE), (Version 2.0). QUBES Educational Resources. doi:10.25334/937V-SK47