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OER and Textbook Alternatives: Intro to OER

This guide lists open educational resources and information about alternatives to the traditional textbook.

What is OER?

"Open educational resources (OER) are teaching, learning, and research resources that reside in the public domain or have been released under an intellectual property license that permits their free use and re-purposing by others. Open educational resources include full courses, course materials, modules, textbooks, streaming videos, tests, software, and any other tools, materials, or techniques used to support access to knowledge."

Examples of OER

Open Educational Resources cover a wide range of learning materials, including open textbooks, open access articles, YouTube videos, syllabi or activities shared by other educators, publicly accessible digital archives and etc. Students and faculty can be involved in the creation of their learning materials, both reducing the cost of the course and creating a more active learning environment.

August 2014 PD Powerpoint

Open pedagogy allows students and professors to become partners in education giving students a sense of ownership with the work they do in class and will allow them to create skills useful for our rapidly changing job landscape that requires students to adapt quickly.

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OER Movement

"Intro to OER" by Harford Community College is licensed under CC BY 4.0

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