An introduction to free and open educational resources (OER)


Faculty taking this training will learn about open educational resources (OER), explore concepts underpinning relevant terminology, such as the difference between “free” and “open” resources, and discover how Creative Commons licenses and copyright factor into access and sharing. In the process, participants will become familiar with the OpenLab platform and additional educational materials available to teach with that are cost-free to students, including library resources. Module activities will include exploring resources and testing strategies for locating discipline specific OER.

Learning Objectives:
  • Understand the concept of open educational resources (OER) and be able to distinguish OER from free materials
  • Learn about intellectual property and copyright in relation to OER: develop competency with interpreting and selecting Creative Commons licenses
  • Find, evaluate, and select OER
Culminating assignment:

You will create or select a free/open educational material to replace or supplement an existing reading, lecture, or assignment in a course you teach.

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