Primary sources, including text, images, video, and sound recordings. Some sources are in the public domain, while others have been openly licensed by their creators.
Instructional materials that have been openly licensed to permit free access, sharing, and reuse by teachers and learners everywhere. These materials can include anything from complete courses and textbooks to discrete learning modules, lectures, tutorials, videos, assessments, and so on.
Before starting your search, it is important to plan ahead and ask yourself some of the following questions:
The answers to these questions will help you to determine which OER sources are best suited to your needs.
If there are already high-quality OER available on the topics covered in your course, you might consider adopting them for use "as is."
If the needs of your course are not met by existing OER, then the best option may be to create new OER or share your own course materials under a Creative Commons license. Creating Open Educational Resources can be as simple as openly licensing and sharing a syllabus you currently use or sharing lesson plans on OER repositories like OER Commons.
Seven common elements for evaluating Open Educational Resources specified in online rubrics include:
Rubrics for evaluating Open Educational Resources can be found below:
Besides their quality, the accessibility of OER is also an important factor to consider.
Content from this guide has been adapted from the following University LibGuides and OER related websites/blogs and is published here under a CC-BY license:
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