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Open Educational Resources (OERs)

Introduction to OERs and resources from OER presentations

Powerpoint and handout 2015

This page contains handouts and links mentioned in Mary Ann Cullen and Sonya Slutskaya's presentations at Faculty Development Day 9/29/2015.

Links in this presentation

Where to find OERs

There are many sources for OERs, but here are a few popular sites.  (There is often a fair amount of overlap in the materials in these sites.)

Many academic libraries have created Research Guides (sometimes called LibGuides) with OERs selected for their specific population. See the Learn More page for examples and be sure to check with your librarian!

Finding other openly licensed materials

Selection Criteria

Selection Criteria

Some of the factors the ENGL 1101 textbook committee considered when selecting a text to adapt:

  • Quality of content - Of course! We did not require peer-reviewed content, but carefully examined the content for ourselves and gained approval from the textbook adoption committee before using the text.
  • Appropriateness for our curriculum. The text we chose was adaptable, but generally addressed the concepts and assignments taught in our Freshman English class.
  • License that permitted us to adapt and freely distribute
  • Ease of adaptability. Some OERs have an open license, but no apparent way to capture the content in an adaptable form.  We were really not interested in writing a textbook in html!
  • Printability. Some of our faculty expressed a strong preference for a format that would enable students to have a print book with consistent page numbers, etc.  Therefore, we opted for a linear format with some hyperlinks as opposed to an interactive, nonlinear format.
  • Accessibility - The OER should be easy to find, embed or link to in iCollege (our learning management system).  While we did not make finding an OER with ADA compliance a priority, OIT made sure the final formatting was done with universal design in mind.

Other OER projects also consider availability of supplementary materials such as exercises and exams and peer review of the content.

Grants / SOTL sources

Information about Open Access Funds and grants that are not funding sources.