Open Educational Resources
Should I take this mini-course?
The intended audience of this course is anyone who instructs others - no matter the learning environment or subject area.
Beyond that, you will need to understand a little bit about open educational resources to determine if this mini-course is right for you.
Open educational resources (OER) are "teaching, learning and research materials in any medium – digital or otherwise – that reside in the public domain or have been released under an open license that permits no-cost access, use, adaptation and redistribution by others with no or limited restrictions." 
OER may be useful for your teaching practice if:
- You are concerned about the cost of instructional materials - the cost to your students, the cost to yourself, or the cost to your school.
- You feel the current instructional materials available to you may be outdated, biased, or incomplete.
What will I learn from this mini-course?
After completing this course, you will be able to:
- Define open educational resources (OER)
- Define Creative Commons and explain its relevance to OER
- Locate and evaluate OER
- Adapt an OER to meet your needs
What do I need to know before taking this course?
You likely already have the knowledge necessary for this course! The prerequisites are:
- Familiarity with using web page search tools (ex. using the search tool on amazon.com)
- Familiarity with the English language (in written form)
- Familiarity with one's discipline (to help you evaluate whether an OER meets your needs)
- Ability to reflect on your instructional needs (to help you adapt an OER)
Also, please be aware that this course is entirely self-driven - there is no instructor present. If you do not feel comfortable with self-directed learning, this mini-course may not be appropriate for your needs.
What will I do in this course?
This mini-course spans three different units. The units are meant to be completed sequentially, as each unit builds on the previous unit.
The learning activities in this mini-course include:
- reading course materials
- watching educational video (or reading captions / transcript)
- checking your understanding by taking brief quizzes (optional)
- reflecting on your instructional needs
- reflecting on how to apply what you learn in your teaching practice
- You should have access to a computer (the platform we are using for this mini-course is not mobile-friendly).
- You should have reliable broadband Internet access.
What do the icons in this course mean?
When you see a box with a thin grey outline, it indicates that the box contains an example.
(See source  below for information on where you can download the icons.)
References & Resources
 William and Flora Hewlett Foundation. (2017). Open Educational Resources. Retrieved from https://www.hewlett.org/strategy/open-educational-resources/
 All icons are from the Human o2 icon set by Oliver Scholtz (and others). Used with permission.
This mini-course was created by Laura Harris. It is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International License.