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, adaptation and redistribution by others with no or limited restrictions.
This post will help you find OER and incorporate them into your course design.
Why Would I Use OER?
"OER has been shown to increase student learning while breaking down barriers of affordability and accessibility. Feldstein et al. (2012) conducted a research study at Virginia State University, where OER were implemented across nine different courses in the business department. Researchers found that students in courses that used OER more frequently had better grades and lower failure and withdrawal rates than their counterparts in courses that did not use OER.
- According to the Chronicle of Higher Education, 7 in 10 students didn’t purchase a textbook because it was too expensive.
- One in five college students has skipped or deferred a class due to the price of the required learning resources.
- The cost of textbooks is rising at a rate of 4 times inflation
- 60% of students have delayed purchasing textbooks until they’ve received their financial aid."
Where do I find OER?
The selection of available high-quality OER is continually growing and searching for OER can be challenging. The Consortium Library maintains a guide to assist you in your OER search. Within the guide, you will discover where to search, specific search strategies to try, how to determine if a resource is OER, and contact information for librarians who can help you along the way.
HOW DO I Incorporate OER Into my Course?
The process for incorporating OER into your course is very similar to adopting a new traditional textbook or other materials. This includes the need for aligning content to learning objectives and ensuring accessibility. One key difference is that with OER, you are free to edit, add to, and manipulate OER materials to meet your needs. The instructional designers at Academic Innovations & eLearning are available to assist you with incorporating both OER and traditional materials into your courses.
How do I create my own OER?
Any original work that you create can become an open educational resource by adding a Creative Commons license notification and sharing the work online. At UAA you can publish your work to ScholarWorks@UA.