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Benefits of OERs
The benefits of open education include the following:
Free and Legal to Use, Improve and Share
- Education open to anyone and affordable, ideally its free
- Save time and energy by adapting or revising resources that have already been created
- Tailor educational resources to the specific content for your course
- Expand opportunities for interdisciplinary teaching and learning by allowing you to integrate and revise multiple educational resources
- Redefine "traditional" learning by incorporating multi-media or scenario-based education
- Go beyond the confines of "teaching to the book"
Network and Collaborate with Peers
- Access educational resources that have already been "peer reviewed" by other experts in your field
- Review or annotation features and texts so other instructors have more in-depth knowledge of the resource and its quality quickly
- Make learning and teaching a team project using collaborative platforms
Lower Educational Cost and Improve Access to Information
- Reduce the cost of course materials, particularly textbooks so that all students have access and aren't as financially burdened
- Find and access information instantly on virtually any topic, on various devices.
- Give learners the option of looking at course content openly before enrolling.
- Reduce the load students bear, possibly increasing graduation and retention rates.
OER Commons - Create with Open Author:
Create with Open Author: Add your particular expertise to the wider community. Create Open Educational Resources (OER) with our publishing tool, Open Author. Open Author helps you build Open Educational Resources, lesson plans, and courses (on your own, or with others) — and then publish them, to the benefit of educators and learners everywhere. Learn more about creating on OER Commons and get started.
Openmichigan can help you publish your syllabus, course, or learning module on the Open.Michigan OER repository. If you are publishing content from a medical or health sciences field, consider using MedEd Portal a free peer-reviewed publication service and repository for teaching materials.
Alberta OER: The Starter Kit:
Open educational resources (OERs) are a broad and diverse category. This may make the prospect of adopting or creating an OER daunting - leaving many instructors unsure of where they should start. This toolkit will provide you with some considerations before you start using OERs in your classroom, in addition to strategies, practices, and web resources.
Creating and Modifying Open Educational Resources:
Affordable Learning Georgia (MERLOT) .Welcome to Creating and Modifying Open Educational Resources, a chapter-by-chapter informational tutorial for USG faculty and staff interested in creating or adapting open educational resources.
New Author Guide: This guide is designed to help you, the new author, get started creating and publishing content in the repository. Below you will find a basic outline of the process as well as a few best practices to help you get the most out of your work. You will also find links to additional resources should you need more detailed explanations.
OER (Open Educational Resources) Introduction
The Five Rs of Open Content
OER are those teaching and learning materials that are available either in the public domain or under an open license. OER, particularly open textbooks, save students money while empowering faculty by giving them more control over their course content.
The power of open educational resources comes from a set of permissions known as the "5 Rs of OER", which allows you to:
- Retain: Users have the right to make, own, and control copies of the content (e.g., download, duplicate, store, and manage)
- Reuse: User have the right to the use the content in a reused in its unaltered form and wide range of ways (e.g., in a class, in a study group, on a website, in a video)
- Revise: User have right to adapt, adjust, modify, or alter the content itself (e.g., translate the content into another language)
- Remix: User have right to the combine the original or revised content with other open content to create something new (e.g., incorporate the content into a mashup)
- Redistribute: User have the right to share copies of the original content, your revisions, or your remixes with others (e.g., give a copy of the content to a friend)
These permissions are usually granted by the copyright holder of a work by licensing it under a Creative Commons license.