Open Educational Resources (OER)
"Open Educational Resources are teaching and learning materials that you may freely use and reuse, without charge. OER often have a Creative Commons or GNU license that state specifically how the material may be used, reused, adapted, and shared."
There are many open and free options for content, including resources licensed under the following:
- Fair Use
- Public Domain
- Creative Commons
For more information on Public Domain and Creative Commons licensing, see Creative Commons and Public Domain Resources.
What is OER good for?
- Saving students money
- Access to quality educational choices
- Freedom of information (access, licensing, etc.)
- Flexibility in teaching and flexibility in learning
- World Peace
- See also: Why Open Educational Resources Matter" and "Why OER Matters"
What is OER?
Finding OER Materials
- CC Search, links to search various resources for CC licensed content
- Creative Commons and Public Domain Resources, CIIA Teaching Handbook
- OER Commons, disciplinary collections from various sources
- OER Consortium, Community College Consortium for Open Educational Resources
- Open Professionals Educational Network, how to use Google and other search tools to find OER
- Open Washington - links to open textbooks, course materials, videos, and images
- Top Tools:
- Audio: ccMixter | Jamendo | Musopen
- Open Courses/Modules: MIT Open CourseWare | MERLOT | Open Course Library | College Open Textbooks | Saylor
- Images: Flickr | FreeImages | NASA Image Gallery | Wikimedia Commons
- Text: Google Books | Project Gutenberg | Open Library | OpenStax (see also: Renewable Assignments)
- Video: Khan Academy | Open Culture| TED | TED-Ed | Vimeo | YouTube
Creating and Curating OER
- Audacity, Audio Recording
- OER Authoring Tools, Empire State College
- Choose a License, Creative Commons
- Lecture Capture, Record Your Presentation with TechSmith Relay
- OER: Open Textbooks and other Open Educational Resources: Getting Started, Spokane Community College Library
- The Open Definition
- Open Licenses, Wikipedia article about different licenses
- Strengthening democracy through open education, article by Patrick Blessinger, University World News
- Attribution Builder