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Open Educational Resources (OER): Home

About OER

According the Hewlett Foundation, a pioneer in Open Educational Resources (OER) research, "Open Educational Resources are teaching, learning, and research materials in any medium -- digital or otherwise -- that reside in the public domain or have been released under an open license that permits no-cost access, use, adaption and redistribution by others with no or limited restrictions."





First Year Seminar/College Success:

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Evaluate OERs in the same manner that you would review textbooks and other materials for your course. Some considerations: 

  1. Does the content cover what you'd like your students to learn? Is it robust and challenging enough for your students? 
  2. How accessible is this content? Is it too technical or complicated to implement? 
  3. What are the permissions? Examine the Creative Commons license the resource is under. 
  4. Determine how you would like to use the OER. Does only a portion of the work apply to your class?  Can you combine it with other resources? Does the library have additional resources to supplement the OER? 
  5. Align the OER with your learning objectives and lesson plans.
  6. Save and organize your resources in a central location. 

OER Training Guide for Faculty

Click the image below for a three-part training guide for bringing higher education instructors up to speed with Open Educational Resources (OER).

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5 Rs of OERs

OER Initiatives

Click the image below to learn about OER initiatives at other colleges and universities.

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Adapted from Open Educational Resources by University Library at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign and Open Educational Resources at Northern Virginia Community College by NOVA Librarians. 

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