Seminar Syllabus

This syllabus describes topics we will cover during the Fellowship seminars.


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 Fellowhship 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 these 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 seminars
  • Participate in group discussions and activities

Required readings / viewings / assignments

*Due before each seminar*

Date Topic Assignment
5/29/19 OER Fundamentals 1.  Read What are open educational resources? including low stakes quiz

2.  Spend about 15 minutes browsing the list of OERs developed by our colleagues and select two that interest you – we’ll be using your selections for an activity in the first meeting. Drop the URLs of the OERs you’ve selected into this google doc.

3.  Spend about 30 minutes browsing the resources compiled on the OER Resource guide.

Tip: Definitely check out the OER Commons and the Open Textbook Library to get an idea of the different types of learning objects floating around…from lecture slides, to modules, to textbooks

6/4/19 Selecting resources for your OER, Attribution, Licensing, and Fair Use 1. Read each section of the OER Copyright and Fair Use Module by colleague Nora Almeida (Approx. reading time: 8 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. 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 find OERs
  • 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.

4. Practice creating an attribution for a Creative Commons licensed work using the Open Attribution Builder.

5. Seminar 2 slides

6/6/19 Accessibility, Usability, Pedagogy
  1. Read the Usability Module by colleague Junior Tidal (Approx. reading time: 8 mins)
  2. Read What is Open Pedagogy?  (Approx. reading time: 5 minutes.)


Meeting schedule

Seminar  Date Time Location
1 5/29/2019 10-3 Library, 540
2 6/4/2019 10-3 Library, 540
3 6/6/2019 10-3 Library, 540