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  • Open – what does it mean when something is “open”? (free, available, ….)Open Educational Resources (OER) – have you heard this term before? What does it mean to you?Open Education Movement - "The Open Educational Resources movement began in 2001 when the Hewlett and the Andrew W. Mellon foundations jointly funded MIT OpenCourseWare (OCW), the first institution committed to making all of its course materials freely available. Since then, more than 60 additional institutions have launched OpenCourseWare Web sites.“ (Baker, 2009)
  • Creative Commons – a nonprofit organization
  • Many sites offer groups of materials already provided in whole course format or in learning modules. OCW – 50+ participating universities and affiliatesKaplan offers 11 courses under the CC-BY-NC-ND license as part of the OCW
  • We seem to always be looking for ways to add interest to our courses. This usually takes the form of visual elements and multimedia – these can be the most problematic in terms of time and resources – take a look at some of the existing online items that could be helpful to your students – video, audio (podcasts), images…
  • From: - Judy Baker (2009)Some benefits of OER include: * Fosters pedagogical innovation and relevance that avoids teaching from the textbook * Broadens use of alternatives to textbooks while maintaining instructional quality * Lowers costs of course materials for studentsSome disadvantages of OER include: * Quality of available OER materials inconsistent * Materials may not meet Section 508 ADA accessibility or SCORM requirements and must be modify to bring into compliance * No common standard for review of OER accuracy and quality * Need to check accuracy of content * Customization necessary to match departmental and/or college curriculum requirements * Technical requirements to access vary * Technological determinism created by the delivery tool
  • 1)Commercial v. non-commercial – should others be allowed to offer the material for a fee?Share alike – should others be required to make their versions and revisions of the original work available for yet others to revise?Derivatives – should the original work be considered only as-is, as a whole, without changes or can the original work be modified or used in part?
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  • Finding and Using OER

    1. 1. Finding and Using Online Open Educational ResourcesMelissa A. Venable, PhD<br />Kaplan University<br />Center for Teaching and Learning <br />June 22, 2010<br />
    2. 2. Introduction and Definitions<br />Sources – repositories and artifacts<br />Copyright and Fair Use<br />Considerations – integrating open options<br />Keeping the conversation going<br />References<br />
    3. 3. Let’s define…<br />Open<br />Open Educational Resources (OER)<br />Open Education Movement<br />Creative Commons<br />
    4. 4. “Creative Commons is a nonprofit corporation dedicated to making it easier for people to share and build upon the work of others, consistent with the rules of copyright.<br />We provide free licenses and other legal tools to mark creative work with the freedom the creator wants it to carry, so others can share, remix, use commercially, or any combination thereof.”<br /><br />
    5. 5. Can we use it in the course?<br />Commercial v. non-commercial<br />Share alike<br />Derivatives<br />Attribution<br />
    6. 6. Consortiums and Repositories<br />
    7. 7. Elements and Artifacts<br />
    8. 8. Copyright and Fair Use<br />Copyright Crash Course - Univ. of Texas<br />Copyright Term and the Public Domain - Cornell<br />Basic Guidelines - Univ. of Maryland<br />Know Your Copy Rights - Assoc. Research Libraries<br />Fair Use – U.S. Copyright Office<br />
    9. 9. Fair Use Guidelines<br />Purpose and character of the material - nonprofit, educational use? restricted access to students?<br />Nature of the copyrighted material – published, out-of-print?<br />Amount of the material used - part or entire work?<br />Market effect of the material - is the material for sale?<br />
    10. 10. Considerations<br />What are the benefits and challenges <br />associated with the use of <br />open educational resources?<br />Image from stock.xchng<br />
    11. 11. Using OER<br />Attribute the work to the originator – the material may be free for use, but give credit!<br />When in doubt, ask permission – contact the publisher, author, or other contact.<br />Think about the definition of Commercial Use.<br />Seek guidance from your organization. <br />
    12. 12. Keep the conversation going…<br />Other types of materials? – Textbooks! Music!<br />Commercial vs. Non-commercial<br />It’s an exchange – what can you donate for others to use?<br />Image from stock.xchng<br />
    13. 13. References<br />Baker, J. (2009, April 17). Introduction to Open Educational Resources. Retrieved from the Connexions Web site:<br />Creative Commons. (n.d.). CC in Education. Retrieved from:<br />Hoon, P. (2007). Know your copy rights – What you can do. Washington, DC: Association of Research Libraries. Retrieved from<br />Venable, M. (2009, May 15). Can we post this in the course? [Web log post]. Retrieved from<br />Note: Image on title page from: stock.xchng<br />
    14. 14. Melissa A. Venable, PhD<br /><br />Image from stock.xchng<br />