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Open Educational Resources (OER): Home

Open Educational Resources (OER) are digital materials published openly and offered free of charge to educators and students for use in teaching, research, and learning.

OER @ CSP?

According to OER Commons, "Open Educational Resources are teaching and learning materials that you may freely use and reuse, without charge. OER often have a Creative Commons or GNU license that state specifically how the material may be used, reused, adapted, and shared."

OER Commons is a top resource - search for resources now on their site.

Questions? Contact your Instruction & Outreach library liaison or the Research Desk - reference@csp.edu or 651-641-8812

OER Opportunities

Why consider OER textbooks?

  • Undergraduates now pay $1,200 or more annually for ​​​textbooks and supplies (see here).
  • Textbook costs have an impact on student success and retention (see here).
  • A recent study says students using OER textbooks do as well or better than their peers with traditional textbooks - and also enroll in more courses in subsequent semesters (see here).
  • Large universities like the U. of MN. are promoting the use of OER textbooks (see here)
  • 66% of U of MN. profs who review an open textbook end up using one (info from here)
  • If your college wants an OER initiative..."open textbooks should be a focus..." (request article here)

Education = Sharing

From image here: https://bccampus.ca/2012/11/08/proudly-borrowed-from-there/

OER Challenges

Before you use an OER textbook...

  • Do you or colleagues have time to evaluate it ("quality control")? (note: other academics have reviewed several sources)
  • How does it align with your course's learning outcomes?
  • Are there texts you can use from the library's ebook collection instead?
  • Can you do without textbook-publisher-produced test banks?
  • Do you have the skills and resources to produce your own OER?

Thoughts from: Pierce, M. (July 28, 2016). Looking at OER with a Critical Eye: Strengthening OER Initiatives by Focusing on Student Learning. Community & Junior College Libraries, 1-7 (request article here).

Not all Creative Commons licensed materials are OER

For more on how CC licensing works, go here.

OER Primers

 

Examples of OER include:

Electronic textbooks / Interactive mini-lessons and simulations / Full university courses

Who produces Open Textbooks?:

For-profit publishers / Government, university and foundations / Individual authors