The VALE OER Ambassadors invite you to apply to participate in the VALE-NJ OER Certificate Program. This 5-week online course is designed to introduce librarians and library staff across the VALE-NJ network to open educational resources (OER) and engage you in the development of collaborative, multi-institutional solutions to increase the use and application of OER across colleges and universities within New Jersey. This course aims to:

  • Advance participants’ knowledge of OER, Creative Commons, and open pedagogy
  • Build competencies for advancing participants’ own OER institutional needs
  • Connect participants with colleagues across NJ to foster institutional collaborations

The course will include weekly self-paced modules in Canvas, once per week synchronous meetings and a collaborative multi-institutional project to be submitted within two weeks of finishing the course. The course is capped at 18 participants, who will be divided into three smaller cohorts. Opportunities for engaging with your cohort and with other cohorts will be provided during the synchronous meetings. The first course will run from May 16 – June 17, 2022. Applicants are expected to be available throughout that timeframe to participate meaningfully in the course. Participants will be issued a certificate of completion from VALE at the conclusion of the course.

The application asks you to describe your experience with OER so far, your long-term goals for your OER work and a possible collaborative project idea that would benefit your work or your institution. Your responses to these questions will assist in creating cohorts that represent a range of experience, institution-types, and goals across the state. Participation is limited to librarians and library staff from NJ institutions of higher education. An optional letter of support from your supervisor may be included with your application, but is not required.

Applications are due by Sunday, April 24th. Selected participants will be notified by Friday, May 6th. Questions regarding the application process or the course can be sent to or directly to one of the VALE OER Ambassadors, listed below.

Thank you!

VALE OER Ambassadors

Megan Dempsey,

Muhammad Hassan,

Lily Todorinova,


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