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Open Resources

This guide walks users through the definition of "open source" and explains the various options for classroom use.

Benefits

Selection and/or creation of OER materials can:

  • Enhance professional development
  • Provide networking opportunities
  • Improve student satisfaction
  • Improve retention, particularly for financially at-risk students

Considerations

Factors for faculty to consider when adopting or publishing OER materials:

  • Publication costs- Some platforms charge you to upload and/or distribute your content.
  • Quality control- Content can still be removed from a site depending on the licensing stipulations. Sites can also disappear.
  • Licensing considerations- Following any parameters set forth by a creator, or establishing your own rights as a creator.
  • Student demand- Some students may not be comfortable with a fully online experience, even in an online course.

Opportunities

Professional development is a key component because the OER landscape is rapidly, and continuously, changing. 

You can find a recording from a library webinar about OER, which was held on 2/13/19, at the following link:


To locate additional sessions on OER, copyright, and other faculty-specific topics, please consult the library's training calendar: