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SNAPSHOT: OPEN
EDUCATIONAL
RESOURCES
The ups and downs of using
Open Educational Resources
FIRSTUP
CONSULTANTS
Open Education Resources:
a quick definition
“Open Educational Resources (OER) are learning,
teaching and research materials in any format and
medium that reside in the public domain or are
under copyright that have been released under an
open license, that permit no-cost access, re-use,
re-purpose, adaptation and redistribution by
others” (UNESCO)
2
FIRSTUP
CONSULTANTS
 Flexibility: Instructors can use an entire OER textbook,
or sections of it, add to these with their own
text/writing, and build a course reading list from many
sources.
 Adaptability: Because of this flexibility, instructors can
update their materials regularly to keep pace with
their field/discipline.
 Collaborative Opportunities: Because of the nature of
OER materials, instructors have increased opportunity
to collaborate with peers in their field (reading and
sharing their work, etc.).
3
Instructor Benefits of Using OER Materials
FIRSTUP
CONSULTANTS
 Lower cost: OER materials are often free or low
cost for students.
 Accessibility: OER materials are often available in
digital formats and without licenses/subscriptions,
licenses/subscriptions, and with the ability to use
other accessibility features (screen readers, etc.).
4
Student Benefits of Using OER Materials
FIRSTUP
CONSULTANTS
 “Free” does not mean “easy”: OER materials are
like a free puppy—they take a lot of time and
energy, especially in the beginning.
 Requires specific licensing knowledge: Instructors
need to understand Creative Commons and the
various licenses, as well as the concept and rules
about the public domain.
 Requires quality checks: OER materials can be
outdated or even wrong. Instructors have to
check any materials before implementing.
5
Instructor Challenges of Using OER Materials
FIRSTUP
CONSULTANTS
 Technology divide: Because OER materials are
most often digital, students need reliable
computers and internet access.
 Accessibility: Not all OER materials meet
accessibility standards, which can make full access
for some students difficult or impossible.
6
Student Challenges of Using OER Materials
THANK YOU
Heather Ryan

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The Benefits and Challenges of Open Educational Resources

  • 1. HeatherRyan SNAPSHOT: OPEN EDUCATIONAL RESOURCES The ups and downs of using Open Educational Resources
  • 2. FIRSTUP CONSULTANTS Open Education Resources: a quick definition “Open Educational Resources (OER) are learning, teaching and research materials in any format and medium that reside in the public domain or are under copyright that have been released under an open license, that permit no-cost access, re-use, re-purpose, adaptation and redistribution by others” (UNESCO) 2
  • 3. FIRSTUP CONSULTANTS  Flexibility: Instructors can use an entire OER textbook, or sections of it, add to these with their own text/writing, and build a course reading list from many sources.  Adaptability: Because of this flexibility, instructors can update their materials regularly to keep pace with their field/discipline.  Collaborative Opportunities: Because of the nature of OER materials, instructors have increased opportunity to collaborate with peers in their field (reading and sharing their work, etc.). 3 Instructor Benefits of Using OER Materials
  • 4. FIRSTUP CONSULTANTS  Lower cost: OER materials are often free or low cost for students.  Accessibility: OER materials are often available in digital formats and without licenses/subscriptions, licenses/subscriptions, and with the ability to use other accessibility features (screen readers, etc.). 4 Student Benefits of Using OER Materials
  • 5. FIRSTUP CONSULTANTS  “Free” does not mean “easy”: OER materials are like a free puppy—they take a lot of time and energy, especially in the beginning.  Requires specific licensing knowledge: Instructors need to understand Creative Commons and the various licenses, as well as the concept and rules about the public domain.  Requires quality checks: OER materials can be outdated or even wrong. Instructors have to check any materials before implementing. 5 Instructor Challenges of Using OER Materials
  • 6. FIRSTUP CONSULTANTS  Technology divide: Because OER materials are most often digital, students need reliable computers and internet access.  Accessibility: Not all OER materials meet accessibility standards, which can make full access for some students difficult or impossible. 6 Student Challenges of Using OER Materials