OER & SC4
OER & SC4 by Kendra Lake is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.
What is open?
Open Education "...is the simple and powerful idea that the world’s
knowledge is a public good and that technology in general and the Web
in particular provide an extraordinary opportunity for everyone to
share, use, and reuse knowledge”
—The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation
And what about OER?
Open Educational Resources are:
• Materials (of any type) that reside either in the public
domain or are licensed openly, usually through a
Creative Commons license.
• Faculty created items that are shared freely and licensed
• Format: materials in any medium, digital or otherwise
• Conditions: that either
• resides in the public domain or
• have been released under an open license,
• Nature: permits its free use and re-purposing by others.
Examples of OERS:
• open textbooks
• full courses
• lab activities
• Retain -- users have the right to make, archive, and
own copies of the content
• Reuse -- content can be reused in its unaltered form
• Revise -- content can be adapted, adjusted, modified,
• Remix -- original or revised content can be combined
with other content to create something new
• Redistribute -- copies of the content can be shared
with others in its original, revised or remixed form.
Utilizing resources such as OER can
substantially reduce college costs for
students. At Lansing Community College a
total of 2,950 students enrolled in 93 sections
of 11 courses saved an estimated $295,000
in textbook costs in a single semester. Of
these students, 117 were polled with 97% of
respondents stating that the quality of the
open text used in their course was about the
same or better than the quality of the text
used in other courses in which they were
Source: MI-ALA 2016 Conference
That’s the fun part - any which
way you choose. In fact you
may already teaching open it
and don’t even know it!
There are more high quality,
college level OERs available for
use than ever
And there’s even a way to
contribute your own OERs to