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Academic and Community–Engaged Approach to Integrating Open Educational Resources in Population Health Course

Nguyen-Truong, Connie Kim Yen PhD, RN; Graves, Janessa M. PhD, MPH; Enslow, Electra MA, AHIP; Williams-Gilbert, Wendy PhD, RN

doi: 10.1097/NNE.0000000000000653
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Background Open educational resources (OERs) increase access to high-quality academic learning materials and promote affordable education in nursing.

Problem Integrating OERs into existing nursing courses can be arduous for faculty.

Approach An academic and community–engaged approach involved faculty, university librarians, and community stakeholders. Community leaders and population health experts helped identify OERs for a population health theory course.

Outcomes Community stakeholders identified potential OERs, and university librarians assisted faculty in evaluating the OERs for quality.

Conclusions Findings illustrate the value of faculty engaging with community stakeholders to help identify OERs and with university librarians to evaluate the OERs to ensure that the information presented is relevant and applicable to course objectives.

Authors Affiliations: Assistant Professor (Dr Nguyen-Truong), College of Nursing in Vancouver, Washington State University; and Assistant Professor (Dr Graves) and Clinical Associate Professor and RN-BSN and Professional Development Director (Dr Williams-Gilbert), College of Nursing in Spokane; and Head of Library Research and Instruction, Spokane Academic Library (Ms Enslow), Washington State University.

Funding from Washington State University Vancouver Open Educational Resource Planning Grant was awarded to Dr Nguyen-Truong, and Drs Graves and Nguyen-Truong also received the Washington State University Vancouver New Faculty Research Start-up Grant.

The authors declare no conflicts of interest.

Correspondence: Dr Nguyen-Truong, Washington State University College of Nursing, 14204 NE Salmon Creek Ave, Vancouver, WA 98686 (

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Accepted for publication: December 15, 2018

Published ahead of print: February 11, 2019

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