Seminar Syllabus

This syllabus is a companion to the four seminar meetings this term.


OER Fellows will become knowledgeable about open educational resources (OER), principles of open pedagogy, and strategies to create usable and accessible OERs on the OpenLab. The Fellowship will cover Creative Commons licensing, intellectual property, resources to help locate discipline specific OERs, and strategies to generate cohesive and engaging course materials.

Learning outcomes

By the end of the Fellowship seminars, you will be able to:

  • Define open educational resources
  • Distinguish open educational materials with free materials
  • Understand copyright and Creative Commons licenses
  • Find, evaluate, and select learning materials for your OER
  • Understand how accessibility, instructional design, and usability best practices improve OERs
  • Implement strategies to incorporate dynamic pedagogical material including a variety of content formats (video, image, sound)


  • Complete all assignments prior to seminar meetings
  • Participate in group discussions and activities


*Due before each seminar meeting*

Seminar 1: OER Fundamentals


  1. Read:
  2. Read this excerpted report:
  3. Spend about 15 minutes browsing the list of  OERs developed by our colleagues and select 2 that interest you.
    • We’ll use your selections for an activity in the first meeting so drop the URLs of the OERs you’ve selected into this google doc.

Seminar 2: Selecting resources for your OER, Attribution, Licensing, and Fair Use


  1. Read Creative Commons Licenses and O.E.R. (Approx. reading time: 5 mins)
  2. Read How a “Sultry” Statue of Liberty Cost the U.S. Post Office More Than $3.5 Million by Jason Daley, posted on (Approx. reading time: 2 mins)
  3. Read each section of the OER Copyright and Fair Use Module by colleague Nora Almeida (Approx. reading time: 8 mins)
  4. Select 3-5 course materials* you will include in your OER. Paste the links for each course material you’ve selected in this google doc because we’ll use them in our seminar activity. Use the OER Resource Guide to search and find materials.
    • Tips
      • You can also google your subject and “OER.” Ex.: chemistry oer
      • Search for multi-modal and non-textbook resources with repositories like OER Commons

*Course materials you select may be an OER, a free resource, or a library resource. Examples of course materials could be assignments, articles, websites, texts, videos, etc.

Seminar 3: Accessibility and Building your OER Site on the OpenLab


  1. Read each section of the Introduction to Accessibility module by Bree Zuckerman (Approx. reading time: 10 mins)
  2. Watch 2 short videos that demo navigating websites with screen reader software: Demonstration of JAWS screen reader (5 mins) and the first few minutes of the JAWS Screen Reader Demo of Cheesecake factory website
  3. Continue identifying and organizing course materials for your OER! Use the Course outline template .docx or make your own copy of the Google doc version to keep your materials organized

Seminar 4: Universal Design, Pedagogy, and Process



Meeting schedule

Seminar Date Time Location
1 9/27/2019 10-12 Library, 432
2 10/4/2019 10-12 Library, 540
3 10/25/2019 10-12 Library, 540
4 11/8/2019 10-12 Library, 540
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