Open Educational Resources
What are they?
"Open Educational Resources are teaching and learning materials that provide users with (1) free and unfettered access and (2) 5R legal permissions to retain, reuse, revise, remix, and redistribute them, that can be used to replace traditional expensive learning resources (such as textbooks)." Open Education Group
Why use OER?
Representing the Golden Standard of Resource Sharing by revolving around the 5 R's of Openness, OER can enhance student learning and faculty teaching, granted they are:
- Acessible - available in multiple formats, compatible with multiple devices
- Affordable - ensuring that no student is excluded from acess because of financial constraints
- High-quality - peer-reviewed, current, authoritative, usable by the intended audience
- Adaptable - supportive of various faculty teaching and student learning pedagogies across disciplines and teaching approaches
- Engaging - ensuring efficacious and active student engagement with the learning materials
- Innovative - enhancing digitial literacy
Where to find OER?
There are two ways to go about your search for OER. You could either access a directory site, like the Open Professionals Education Network, that collects a number of repository links to specific media elements you might be looking for. The other option is to locate a repository for your academic field, like OpenStax or BCcampus, to access the materials stored on them directly.
And so many more FAQs
Do you want to know more about all the things related to content creation and modification? The Commonwealth of Learning OER Community of Practice platform will answer most of the questions you might have around all the facets of OER. The forum covers over everything from the basics to special inquiries on OER quality control, policy and development.