OER, or open educational resources, are free and openly licensed educational materials. OER materials can be used for teaching, learning, and research. In addition, they are freely accessible. This guide will help provide members of the MMC community with resources and links to affordable textbooks and easily adaptable OER course content. Below is a list of resources that students and faculty can use to help increase their awareness and knowledge of OER resources that can be reused, redistributed, remixed, revised or retained.
Basics of OER
What is OER? Open Educational Resources are free and open resources that are easily adaptable for academic courses that provide relief to students who are burdened with purchasing textbooks. OER materials allow instructors and students to freely use and reuse, without charge. OER materials are often licensed by creative commons which allows it to be freely used and disseminated to peers.
The following links will help an instructor create OER content:
Create responsive learning content with free, open source tools”
Authored by Lauri Aesoph, BCcampus. “The BCcampus Open Education Self-Publishing Guide is a reference for individuals or groups wanting to write and self-publish an open textbook. This guide provides details on the preparation, planning, writing, publication, and maintenance of an open textbook. Copyright, open-copyright licenses, and the differences between citation and attribution are discussed as well as the importance of copy editing and proofreading. Checklists and templates are also provided. This guide replaces the BCcampus Open Education Authoring Guide.”
“A handbook for faculty interested in practicing open pedagogy by involving students in the making of open textbooks, ancillary materials, or other Open Educational Resources. This is a first edition, compiled by Rebus Community, and we welcome feedback and ideas to expand the text.”
Creative Commons allows for instructors to openly share and reuse others work. It is a platform that does require a user or a creator to spend any money and the creative commons licensing gives the material the right to be shared. Work that is licensed by the creative commons will have The CC logo and can be found at creativecommons.org.
Open Education Resources for beginners
Open Textbook Collections
The following are open textbook resources:
Open Textbook Library is a link to various textbooks and their sources including OpenStax, Saylor, and others. The books have been peer-reviewed.
BC Campus OpenEd – This site includes texts written specifically for the BC OpenTextbook initiative, as well as books from other sources.
HathiTrust is a partnership of academic & research institutions, it has a collection of titles that are digitized from libraries around the world.
Project Gutenberg – A volunteer effort to digitize and archive cultural works. Most items in this collection are digitized works from the public domain, making it a rich source for those in the Humanities
OpenStax is an open source for textbooks that are peer-reviewed and fully licensed under the creative commons umbrella. It is hosted by Rice University and covers most of the academic subjects taught at the undergraduate level. In addition, it is easily adaptable and helps to keep undergraduate courses affordable for students. Openstax can be located at openstax.org
SUNY OER: Ready-to-Adopt Courses
SUNY OER provides downloadable textbooks that are easily accessible and help to reduce costs. SUNY OER works with Lumen to help instructors adopt courses that fit with their particular pedagogy.
OASIS (Openly Available Sources Integrated Search)
OASIS is a search engine that is hosted by SUNY Geneseo. It has over 155,000 items. Users can visit OASIS or use the search engine below to find OER textbooks or videos. The search engine also provides a framework for finding material that is both open source and of high quality.
The 5 Rs of OER
Reuse – Make and control your own content
Revise – use your content its unaltered state
Remix – combine your content with other’s OER content to create new content
Redistribute – Share your content
Retain –make, own, and control copies of the content (e.g., download, duplicate, store, and manage)
TedTalk exploring open source learning:
OER Commons is a digital database of open educational resources. The OER Commons is an excellent resource for instructors that are searching to collaborate and adapt to an OER course model. In addition, it has an extensive library of open source material. It does require a user to create an account.