Open Educational Resources
Open Educational Resources (OER)
What are OER?
Open educational Resources are electronic resources that can be revised, repackaged, and reused by users. They offer faculty a means to produce course-specific, low cost media for students. Wiley (2014) identifies five key elements of openness:
- Retain. The right to make, own, and control copies of the content.
- Reuse. The right to use the content in a wide range of ways (e.g., in a class, in a study group, on a website, in a video)
- Revise. The right to adapt, adjust, modify, or alter the content itself (e.g., translate the content into another language)
- Remix. The right to combine the original or revised content with other open content to create something new (e.g., incorporate the content into a mashup)
- Redistribute. The right to share copies of the original content, your revisions, or your remixes with others (e.g., give a copy of the content to a friend)
This excellent short series of videos talk about why OER is viable and helps in defining, finding, researching, and open licensing OER.
- What is OER?
- How can OER help Educators?
- How can I find OER?
- What does the research say about OER?
- What is an open license and how does it work?
- Why OER?
A Selection of Research on Open Resources
Resources for finding open content
- AMSER: Applied Math and Science Educational Repository
Thousands of resources on the arts and sciences, free to use.
- Academic Earth
Find free online courses, lectures, and videos from some of the best colleges in the country
- Internet Archive
This library contains hundreds of free courses, video lectures, and supplemental materials from universities in the United States and China.
A portal to OER. "Find peer reviewed online teaching and learning materials. Share advice and expertise about education with expert colleagues. Be recognized for your contributions to quality education."
- MIT OpenCourseWare
Course materials for over 2000 courses available for free.
- OER Commons
Free to use learning and teaching content from around the world.
- Open Course Library
"The Open Course Library is a collection of expertly developed educational materials including textbooks, syllabi, course activities, readings, and assessments in 81 high-enrollment college courses. 42 courses have been completed so far, providing faculty with a high-quality, affordable option that will cost students no more than $30 for textbooks. All materials are shared under a Creative Commons (CC BY) license unless otherwise noted." Also available via Connexions.
- Open Courseware Consortium
"The OpenCourseWare Consortium is a collaboration of higher education institutions and associated organizations from around the world creating abroad and deep body of open educational content using a shared model."
- Open Michigan
Find stuff and use it. Freely. A collection of educational resources and learning experiences from the University of Michigan.
- OpenStax CNX (formerly Connexions)
Textbooks, articles, supplements, learning resources for free online and free download. Can be copied and modified and reposted under your own name with attribution.
- The Orange Grove
Florida's digital repository for instructional resources.
Offers a build-your-own-textbook service to students and provides instructors the ability to create customized textbooks as well.
Offers services that use OER to create a free replacement to a student's assigned textbook.
- Flatworld Knowledge
Provider of digital learning content and mobile adaptive social learning platform.
- Lumen Learning
Supports faculty in identifying and selecting high quality OER, aligning these to learning outcomes, and assembling them to create OER-based courses.
- VitalSource CourseSmart
Provider of e-textbooks and digital course materials in higher education.