Open Education Leadership Program 2019-2020

Teri Koch

Open Education Leadership Fellow


Teri Koch, MLS, MBA, is the Head of Collection Development and Professor of Librarianship at Drake University’s Cowles Library in Des Moines, Iowa. Teri oversees collection development activities and policies, the library liaison program, and collection assessment. Teri is active at the University-level, serving on the Faculty Senate, the University Budget Committee, and the Academic Chairs Committee. She was the co-founder of the Central Iowa Collaborative Collections Initiative, a shared print & collaborative collection development initiative. She has presented and published on areas related to this collaborative, as well as on data-driven acquisitions. In recent years, she has focused on promoting and adoption of textbook alternatives, including OER, at Drake. She has co-presented at two University-wide “Learning Symposium’s” on this topic, as well as co-authored blog posts directed at Drake faculty & students about scholarly communications issues. She is currently a member of the “Iowa OER Action Team” (a multi-type library group focused on the advancement and adoption of OER in Iowa’s Colleges & Universities).

Teri’s capstone project featured two components: (1) Work with the College of Business & Public Administration (CBPA), including a survey, and meeting with their leadership team to discuss OER, and (2) an OER Implementation Plan. The premise behind the OER Implementation Plan is to target high-enrollment and/or high-textbook cost courses for OER implementation efforts. The plan includes: scope of project, communication strategy, ideas for influencing faculty behavior, timeline, and financials (including ROI). Using textbook adoption information, and enrollment information provided. From this information, she determined OER “target” courses. She then determined which of those courses had readily available, high quality OER available (as many did). Those courses became the first phase of “targets.”

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