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Open Educational Resources

This site is designed to introduce OER initiatives, explain creative commons licensing and OER, and to help you get started searching for Open Educational Resources for teaching and learning.

Welcome to the Learning Resources OER Guide

"OER are teaching, learning, and research resources that reside in the public domain or have been released under an intellectual property license that permits their free use and re-purposing by others. Open educational resources include full courses, course materials, modules, textbooks, streaming videos, tests, software, and any other tools, materials, or techniques used to support access to knowledge." [1]

The Open Education movement is built around the 5Rs of Open [2]

  • 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)

Introduction to Open Educational Resources

What are Open Educational Resources (OER)?

OER are educational materials that are specifically designed by their creator/s to be openly available, and are often licensed to be re-used, re-mixed, and re-distributed.  Open is not just about low cost (though that is an important benefit of using OER) but about the ability to take what others have created, customize it for your specific educational needs, and then share your creation with others.  

OER come in a variety of forms:

  • Primary sources - Images, video, and sound recordings.  Some  sources are in the public domain, while others have been licensed as open by their creators.   In addition, many texts that are in the public domain are available online/electronically.
  • Learning content - created content that ranges from individual lectures, animations, and assessments to complete courses and textbooks.  

Why OER?

The open resource movement has been around for a while, starting with static learning objects (about 2000), and transitioning to OER that allowed for revision and reuse. It is the ever increasing cost of textbooks and materials for students that is now pushing the OER movement forward.  Textbooks and learning materials cost students approximately $1,200 per year.  According to the Chronicle of Higher Education, 7 in 10 students didn't purchase a textbook because it was too expensive.  Through OER the cost of student materials can be drastically reduced.  OER also give instructors the ability to customize the materials, creating the "perfect" textbook instead of being bound to traditional print resources. 

How to get started

The first step is finding OER, and that is what this guide is designed to do, so check out

  • the Open Textbooks Collections page will link you to repositories of open and free textbooks you can customize and adopt for your courses.
  • the OER Collections section will help you navigate through some different sources for OER.
  • the OpenCourseWare section will help you find course materials like  syllabi, written lectures, assignments, readings, videotaped lectures, and audio lectures.
  • the Finding Images section will help you find openly licensed images. 

If you have questions about open licensing (Creative Commons Licensing), you can find out more in the Oklahoma U. Libraries guides.ou.edu/CreativeCommons site.

SPECIAL NOTE:  This page is specifically designed to introduce OER to the SCC community, but don't forget that there are electronic resources available to you through the SCC Library.  The Library has licensed journals, databases, primary content, and an increasing number of ebooks. These resources are restricted to SCC faculty, staff and students (you have to have a Portal log-in to access), they do not allow for customization and re-use in the same way as OER.  Though these are not "open", they are resources that you can make available at not cost for your students. 

Who Open Education Matters

License

Content from University of Oklahoma Libraries, with minor modifications by SCC. All original content on this page is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International License. It is not necessary to seek permission to reuse the content, although – per the terms of the license – attribution is required. 

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