Open Educational Resources: Give & Get, Free!
Are you finding that students aren't purchasing textbooks for various reasons, including high cost? Are you having a hard time finding the right course materials because publisher's content is just not adequately tailored to the right time and place? Are you frustrated about not being able to use images and other materials in your course because of conventional copyright restrictions?
Then Open Educational Resources (OERs) might be the solution for you!
What are OERs?
OERs are FREE high-quality teaching, learning, and research resources that can be found online and used by anyone, including professors and students, without the traditional copyright restrictions. They are user-generated and can include single units of material such as videos, photos, illustrations, or even small blocks of text. They can also be full courses, course materials, modules, textbooks, faculty-created content, tests, software, and any other tools used to support access to knowledge. OERs reside in the public domain or their creator has released them under an intellectual property license, such as a Creative Commons license, which allows anyone else to use them freely and even modify them without having to ask permission, while simply giving written attribution to the original owner.
Apart from ease of use and high quality, there are plenty of good reasons to explore the OER possibilities for your class. This video illustrates an ethical viewpoint of OER: giving access to educational materials to those who could not otherwise afford it.
How can professors use OERs?
Professors can use OERs in any way that works for their class. For example, they might:
- adopt a whole OER textbook and make their own modifications to it, or even take bits and pieces of several OER textbooks
- weave one or more OER videos or images into their face-to-face or online lessons
In the sharing spirit of OER, professors can also put a Creative Commons license on their own original materials and make them available to the world!
Where can professors find OERs?
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