Terri Burke: Exploring Open Educational Resources

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Exploring Open Educational Resources

What are Open Educational Resources?

Welcome to exploring Open Educational Resources (OER). Community colleges nation wide are seeing a significant drop in enrollment and student success. Some students lack the funding for the cost of tuition and additional required resources, such as textbooks. A solution to the exceedingly high costs of textbooks and course materials are the availability of Open Educational Resources (OER). OER are any educational materials that are found in the Public Domain or are openly-licensed for public use. With the continual increasing advancements in technology, OER are allowing educators to develop and share educational content not just nationally but globally at little or no cost to students (Casell et al., 2008, p.2).

Watch the two short videos to see how OER is revolutionizing education around the world. Once you watch these videos, you will be ready to begin your OER journey.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZFeyCc6we-s

Topics

  • You will learn the history of Open Educational Resources and its benefits to your students
  • You will be able to understand and select material with a specific Creative Commons License that works for you
  • You will be able to search and select specific OER materials from different repositories to incorporate into your curriculum

Lessons

This course will take you through the following lessons:

Lesson 1: Understanding OER?

Lesson Objective:

  • By the end of this lesson, you will be able to define OER and to explain the different creative common lisences

In this lesson you will:

  • Review an Introduction of OER resource
  • Read about the different types of Creative Commons licenses.
  • Identify different Creative Commons materials and explain how that material will be used.

Lesson 2: Use of OER in the Classroom

  • By the end of this lesson, you will be able to identify and select OER resources from different repositories.

In this lesson you will:

  • Review an OER repositories.
  • Select specific OER materials that you could use in your class.
  • Create a lesson using OER materials.

Lesson 3: OER resources

Lesson objectives:

  • By the end of this lesson you will have created an Open Educational Resource and post the resource to a repository with the Creative Commons License of your choice

In this lesson, you will:

  • Create or use existing material as an Open Educational Resource
  • Explore the Creative Commons Licensing site and assign your work a license of your choice
  • Post your OER material to a repository