OER Resources? Start Here!

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When instructors consider OER, often the first impulse is to find a comparable open e-text to replace the existing one. Not a bad place to start, but a course revision is a great opportunity to examine ALL your course content. Can you add more learning objects? Multimedia and interactive activities? Do you need more scaffolding to better guide students through the course? Are your assessments aligned with your learning outcomes?

Okay, that’s a lot of questions. You can start small too. Every new open learning object adds to the ethos of the OER movement, which has an interesting story. Worth a read.

There are many, many OER resources online. Here’s a few to get you started:

OpenStax – one of the first OER text sites. From Rice University. Peer-reviewed texts on various subjects
OEGlobal 2017 conference – Full program with downloadable resources
OERu – New Zealand-based offering free courses & opportunities to earn credit
College Open Textbooks – non-profit with mostly lower-division college resources
EnCore – Excelsior College partnership with MERLOT to find OER
Open Michigan
Open Educational Resources: The Project – massive open learning materials site (sounds, courses, images, data)
Cool4Ed – extensive collection of open text & learning objects from Cal State & the University of California
Saylor Academy – large OER collection, open courses, open texts
OER resources – Educause
Open Textbooks –  SUNY
GCF LearnFree – essential skills site, MS Office, etc.
OER Commons – huge collection of learning objects, game-based activities and e-texts. Search by subject & ed level
Open Textbook Library – about 100 open texts from various disciplines
Open texts – University of Georgia
LibGuides Community – huge repository of university’s library guides to finding OER
Library research guide – Philadelphia University
 OER guide & OER collection – listing from University of Maryland University College
Open Professionals Education Network – Guide to finding open texts, images & videos on the web
HippoCampus – over 5,700 videos in 13 subject areas
Open Culture – billed as the best free cultural & educational media on the web
Open texts  – Thomas Edison State University – huge list
OER Resource RoundUp – Edutopia
Google Doc – OWA (Open Washington) of OER – massive list
Rebus Community – non-profit supporting open textbook creation
Guide to Making Open Textbooks with Students – Rebus Community

Open STEM resources:

My Open Math – alternative to pricey access codes. Linked to the Open Textbook Store
Interactive Simulations
 – University of Colorado
National Science Digital Library
PLOS (Public Library of Science) open journal

Other useful stuff:

OER Policy Development Tool – Lumen Learning
Opening the Texbook – 2015 report from Babson
SPARC – advocacy group, case studies, fact sheets
MOOCs & Open Education Resources Handbook – 60-page scholarly handbook
Open Education & OERs: Moving Beyond the Jargon
BBookX – intriguing new human-assisted computing approach & algorithm to finding OER (from Penn State)
Creative Commons – licensing for OER, search engine for various types of open resources
Pedagogy in Public: Open Media Unbound – SlideShare presentation from Robin DeRosa (great overview)
Let Students Help Write Them – UCDavid Professor Delmar Larsen starts LibreText in response to errors in traditional textbooks
#OpenEd16 conference’s #ArchiveOfAwesome – Google Doc of links with resources, videos, Periscope, etc

Still not convinced? Check out these studies.

1 thought on “OER Resources? Start Here!

  1. Awesome! I greatly enjoyed your session and I’d love to collaborate further around OER. Happy to share resources that we have put together as well.

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