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Open Educational Resources: OER
Tools to help instructors navigate the process of using OERs, finding resources, adapting them for use, and building more effective pedagogy in their disciplines.
Open Educational Resources (OER) are educational materials of all sizes and types, freely available for anyone to use, copy, adapt, and reshare, because they are in the public domain or because their creator endowed them with an open license. Examples include complete textbooks, videos, syllabi, quizzes, lecture notes, graphics, slide decks, and more, plus curricula comprising combinations of multiple objects. OERs are typically shared in electronic form, but final use can include print versions or other formats.
Why use OERs?
OERs support learning in several ways. They:
lower students' textbook costs, which have risen to burdensome* levels.
To gain a foothold into the world of OERs, read Amee Godwin's post "On Doing OER" and the discussion following, found on the OERCommons.org site.
Yes, the process is considerable work. However, the rewards are worth it, and very much in line with Concordia's mission. Always remember that Concordia's librarians and Instructional Innovation team are ready to help you along the way.
Just a sampling of many places to learn more about OERs:
The Open Education Consortium is a global network offering resources, research, advocacy, and support for all forms of open education, including an annual conference and a grassroots sharing event called Open Education Week.