"Open Educational Resources (OER) are teaching and learning materials that you may freely use and reuse at no cost, and without needing to ask permission. Unlike copyrighted resources, OER have been authored or created by an individual or organization that chooses to retain few, if any, ownership rights.
In some cases, that means you can download a resource and share it with colleagues and students. In other cases, you may be able to download a resource, edit it in some way, and then re-post it as a remixed work. How do you know your options? OER often have a Creative Commons license or other permission to let you know how the material may be used, reused, adapted, and shared." (OER Commons)
Benefits of Using OER
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Free and immediate access to materials.
Ability to tailor course content based on student needs.
Align and customize materials to meet course objectives.
Opportunities for open pedagogical practices.
Free or low-cost course materials.
Day one access to course materials.
Easy accessibility for diverse populations.
Same or improved student success compared to traditional textbooks.
There are many OER producers and repositories that host open content. Listed below are a few websites one can use to search for open content to supplement or replace traditional course materials.
If you would like a librarian to help you with this search you can use the Request OER tab to fill out an OER Request Form. A librarian will curate resources based on the information provided.
"Six Steps to OER" by University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (UTRGV) Librarians, used under Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License / Modified text and images from original by Lesley University Library.
When reviewing any resource, whether it be a traditional or open textbook, certain measures should be taken into consideration before adoption. The licensing of open textbooks allows for faculty members the option to utilize the 5Rs and open education practices to create content based on course objectives instead of formatting a course based on a traditional textbook.
The Open Textbook Library has provided Open Textbooks Review Criteria for faculty to use when considering which open resource to adopt.
This rubric was developed by BCcampus. This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported license.