OER Resources

OER Basics

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.” These materials take a variety of forms and include complete courses, course modules, assignments, tests and quizzes, textbooks, videos, and so on. The following links are to websites where you can discover OER that are available to adopt or adapt and to guides that explain how to create your own.

  • OER Commons

    Created by ISKME, an education nonprofit, “OER Commons is a public digital library of open educational resources.”
  • Connect OER
    Created by SPARC (the Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition), “Connect OER is a platform to share and discover information about OER activities at campuses across North America.”
  • BCcampus Open Education Self-Publishing Guide
    Authored by Lauri Aesoph, this 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.”
  • Faculty OER Toolkit
    Authored by Shannon Moist, this 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

These two videos each give a brief introduction to open education and open educational resources.

Why Open Education Matters from Blink Tower on Vimeo.

Why Open Education Matters

A video we made about a topic close to our hearts – Open Education! Blink Tower is a small team based in Cape Town, South Africa – and we love making explainer videos! Feel free to share it, anywhere you like!

Password: OER from Laura Rachfalski on Vimeo.

Password: OER

Second prize winner of the “Why Open Education Matters” contest sponsored in part by the Department of Education.

The Research Says…

Research on the impacts of OER as well as other aspects of OER creation and use is ongoing.

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