According to OER Commons, open educational resources (OER) “are teaching and learning materials freely available for everyone to use, whether you are a teacher or a learner.” The materials may be a complete course, course modules, assignments, tests and quizzes, a textbook, videos, etc.
- OER Commons
- List of OER Projects & Policies (Canada & U.S.)
- BCcampus Open Education Self-Publishing Guide
Authored by Lauri Aesoph, BCcampus. “The BCcampus Open Education Self-Publishing Guide is a reference for individuals or groups wanting to write and self-publish an open textbook.This guide provides details on the preparation, planning, writing, publication, and maintenance of an open textbook. Copyright, open-copyright licences, and the differences between citation and attribution are discussed as well as the importance of copy editing and proofreading. Checklists and templates are also provided. This guide replaces the BCcampus Open Education Authoring Guide.”
- Faculty OER Toolkit
“The Faculty OER Toolkit is an information resource about and guide to adapting and adopting Open Educational Resources. Included are definitions and examples, information about Creative Commons licensing, and tips on how to adapt and/or adopt OER for classroom use.”
Why Open Education Matters
Below are two brief videos that introduce the concept of open education and open educational resources:
Why Open Education Matters from Blink Tower on Vimeo.
Password: OER from Laura Rachfalski on Vimeo.
The Research Says…
- OER Research Toolkit
Includes OER Research Guidebook, student and faculty surveys, and other resources.
- OER Hub: Researching Open Education
“The Open Education Research Hub (OER Hub) are leaders in researching the impact of open educational resources (OER) on teaching and learning practices.”
- Review of OER Research (Open Education Group)
“This review provides a summary of all known empirical research on the impacts of OER adoption (including our own).”
- As Good or Better than Commercial Textbooks: Students’ Perceptions and Outcomes from Using Open Digital and Open Print Textbooks
Study from Kwantlen Polytechnic University that “investigates the perceptions, use, and course performance of Canadian post-secondary students assigned a commercial or open textbook in either print or digital format.”