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Open Educational Resources for assignment 7.1, January 2014


Presentation for Yakima Valley Community College faculty from OER online course taught by Boyoung Chae

Presentation for Yakima Valley Community College faculty from OER online course taught by Boyoung Chae

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  • Determining what qualifies is a little bit complicated due to copyright laws that have been changed and modified many times.
  • This is an example of a graphic licensed under Creative Commons that I wanted to include in this presentation, so I just added the appropriate attribution, which includes the title, original creator, Creative Commons license, and links to it’s location online.


  • 1. Open Educational Resources Tracy Croshaw, ASL Instructor, Yakima Valley Community College A presentation to share some information I learned from the course: How to Use Open Educational Resources (OER), winter cohort 2014, taught by Boyoung Chae, Ph.D. Program administrator, Open Education and eLearning, Washington State Board for Community and Technical Colleges OER Presentation is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International License.
  • 2. What are OER? • Open Educational Resources (OER) are educational materials in any medium that reside in the public domain or have been released under an open license that permits their free use and re-purposing by others. (definition by Hewlett Foundation … highlighting mine). • OER examples include photos/digital images, videos, audio/music files, full courses, workshops, textbooks, tests and assessments. • Password: OER by Laura Rachfalski, CC-BY
  • 3. Public Domain What qualifies? 1) 2) Works that never qualified for copyright protection – like facts, ideas or methods of operation – or creative work whose copyright has expired (e.g. Mark Twain’s novels). Since all copyrights in the United States expire, every creative work will eventually become part of the public domain. (definition of what is in the public domain by Creative Commons US) Helpful online resources: 1) Copyright Term and the Public Domain in the United States by Peter B. Hirtle is an updated chart licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 License 2) Public Domain Sherpa is a website with a copyright calculator created by an attorney named Barbara and licensed under CC BYNC-ND 3.0
  • 4. Open License Difference between open license and copyright with all rights reserved.jpg by Boyoung Chae is licensed under CC BY-NC
  • 5. How to search for OER? There’s always Google or your favorite search engine, but here are a few other helpful starting places to target what you’re after: • Creative Commons Search • Open Professionals Education Network (OPEN)
  • 6. How to create OER? This is easy! No registration required. Just decide on your license, and mark your materials when you publish them. 1) Some sites have built-in ways to let users know your license or 2) Embed your license information in your materials Six Creative Commons License Options
  • 7. Potential Benefits of Using OER Variety of materials Students can study materials after the class is done Allows collaboration across content area Encourages global thinking Continually updated Flexibility Reduced cost to students
  • 8. Concerns with Using OER Limited materials in some subjects Material maintenance … if you build a program on online resources, what if those sites go down? How do creators get paid? Just recognition? Is it worthwhile? Quality varies … can take a lot of time searching and verifying Creative Commons licenses cannot be revoked
  • 9. Sources Boyoung Chae, Program Administrator for Open Education, Washington State Board for Community and Technical Colleges Classmates from How to Use Open Educational Resources Class, Winter 2014 Cohort 1 MS PowerPoint design slides from http://office.microsoft.com/en-us/templates/ Others as credited on the previous slides