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Open Educational Resources: What are OER?

Introduction to OER

What are OER?

Open Education Resources are teaching, learning, and research resources that reside in the public domain or have been released under an intellectual property license that permits their free use and re-purposing by others. They include full courses, course materials, modules, textbooks, streaming videos, tests, software, and any other tools, materials, or techniques used to support access to knowledge.  -Hewlett Foundation

Why use OER?

Have you noticed that students aren't reading the textbook? This may be because they didn't buy it. According to the 2016 Student Textbook and Course Materials Survey, 66.6 percent of students don't purchase required textbooks because they are too expensive. If you would like to reduce book costs for your students but aren't sure how, Open Education Resources (OER) might be the answer. 

How can I get started with OER?

This guide will introduce you to several OER repositories and provide information on searching, evaluating, and adapting OER to your course. If you have any questions about getting started, contact Jason Zahrndt.

A Note on Creative Commons Licensing

While the resources discussed in this guide are freely available, many of them have Creative Commons licenses. At the most basic level, this means that attribution is required to use the resource, but some CC licenses require a little more than attribution. Keep an eye out for the Creative Commons license on each resource you consider using to see how you are allowed to use it.


 Attribution CC BY

Distribute, remix, tweak, and build upon the work as long as you credit the original.

 Attribution CC BY-SA

Remix, tweak, and build upon a work even for commercial purposes as long as you credit the original and license your new creation under identical terms.

 Attribution CC BY-ND

Redistribute, commercial or non-commercial, as long as the work is unchanged and in whole with credit to the original.

 Attribution CC BY-NC

Remix, tweak, and build upon a work non-commercially as long as you credit the original.

 Attribution CC BY-NC-SA

Remix, tweak, and build upon a work non-commercially as long as as long as you credit the original and license your new creation under identical terms.

 Attribution CC BY-NC-ND

Download a work and share it with others as long as you credit the original, but you can't change the work in any way or use it commercially.


Some of the resources on these pages will be public domain (or CC0) resources. Attribution is not required for public domain resources.

Contact

Zarhndt

Jason Zahrndt

Title: Digital Media Consultant

Library: Ekstrom Library

Specialty: Digital Media

Phone: 502.852.3787

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