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Open Educational Resources (OERs)

  1. 1. INTROSection 1 Section 2 TIPS RESOURCES Section 3 Section 4 BY SUBJECT TEXTBOOKS Section 5 Guide to Open Educational Resources (OERs)
  2. 2. Section 1 INTRO What are OERs?Open educational resources (OER) are digital materials that Section 2 TIPScan be re-used for teaching, learning, research and more.OERs are available for free through open licenses, whichallow uses of the materials that would not be easily RESOURCES Section 3permitted under copyright alone.Examples include• Courses BYSection 4• Course materials SUBJECT (lectures, presentations, assignments, assessments)• Videos, podcasts, images• Articles, journals, books• Software TEXTBOOKS Section 5
  3. 3. Section 1 INTROTips:Whenever possible grab the embed code. Then, you may integrate the OERcontent directly into your online course without having to link the studentselsewhere. Section 2 TIPSUtilize the OER Collections listed in the Resources tab. You may alsosearch for content using your search engine. For instance, Google willallow you to search for free and open content by toggling “Usage Rights.”Click here for more information on this subject. RESOURCES Section 3Other Considerations•Try to avoid OER “over-usage” and ask yourself what benefit a particular OERwill have for your students.•Decide how the OER will be used (as the basis for a conference discussion, for BY SUBJECT Section 4an assignment, etc.) and provide clear instructions to students for its use.•Consider how an OER will need to be adapted to meet the particulars of theclass learning objectives.•Before the start of each new semester be sure to check whether the URL is still TEXTBOOKS Section 5valid and whether the OER was updated since you last accessed it.
  4. 4. Section 1 INTROThere are a number of portals into the world ofOERs…the best of such portals are as follows:Multimedia Education Resource for Learning and Online Teaching Section 2 TIPS (MERLOT): http://www.merlot.org/merlot/ Links to a number of great resources for both learning & teaching across a range of academic disciplines. Includes guides, videos, images, assignments, assessments, tutorials, etc.MIT Open Courseware (OCW): http://ocw.mit.edu/ RESOURCES Section 3 Comprehensive repository of materials from many classes at MIT.OER Common: http://www.oercommons.org/ Free to use, openly licensed resources from k-12 to college coursesKhan Academy: http://www.khanacademy.org/ BY SUBJECT Started by an MIT alum to help teach his cousins via YouTube, it now serves Section 4 1800+ courses in mathematics, science, finance, and history.McGraw Hill Campus Hundreds of e-textbooks and digital resources, including Powerpoint presentations, test banks, image libraries, assignments and other valuable resources from some of the most trusted textbook publishers in the nation. TEXTBOOKS Section 5 Available through ANGEL. Click here for information on accessing and using this resource.
  5. 5. Section 1 INTROBelow is a partial list of sites that offer subject-specific OERs:•AMSER (Applied Math and Science Education Repository) Section 2 TIPS•Berklee Shares (Music)•Chemistry Collective•DLESE (Digital Library for Earth System Education) RESOURCES Section 3•Harvard Open Collections Program (History)•HEAL (Health Education Assets Library)•iLumina (Science and Mathematics) BY SUBJECT•NEEDS (National Engineering Education Delivery System) Section 4•Questia (Humanities and Social Sciences) TEXTBOOKS Section 5
  6. 6. Section 1 INTRO “The cost of course textbooks has long been a source of financial anxiety forcollege students. ….Students of two-year public colleges spend, onaverage, $850 a year on textbooks. The cost of the average college textbookincreased 186 percent between 1986 and 2004.”From the Report “Traditional Textbook Alternatives: Considering new solutions Section 2 TIPSto the affordability challenge “ by Shireen Deboo. Click here to read the fullreport.Sources for free online textbooks:•Bookboon Searching for free RESOURCES e-textbooks can be Section 3•Textbook Revolution time-consuming.•Free Online Textbooks Check out these•Flat World Knowledge resources that include thousands•Global Text Project BY SUBJECT of textbooks that Section 4 are available onlineSearch Google Books for free, electronic versions of books. YouMay be surprised by how many books are completely or partially TEXTBOOKS Section 5available on this site.

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