Open Education Resources (OER)
Open Educational Resources (OER) are teaching, learning, and research materials in any medium that reside in the public domain or have been released under an open license that permits their free use and re-purposing by others. ~Creative Commons
The economics of content has changed. Everything that is published is digital, which allows backend files to be stored, distributed, and published for near zero cost. This combined with the ease of use in which files can be shared across multiple devices on the Internet and the availability of open licensing, provides teachers with resources to be innovative in what they use and how they use it to improve student learning.
Creative Commons Licensing
A Creative Commons license provides a simple and standardized method to give public permission to share and use your creative work. It allows people to share, use, and build off of the work of others. OER in education allows for personalized learning and increased engagement for both educators and students. Because it is customizable, it affords teachers flexibility when designing their lessons and students the opportunity to create OER while learning. Although it does take time to create OER, it is free or has minimal cost with benefits that are immeasurable.
Step 1: Choose the Conditions of License
Step 2: Receive a License
If you do not want to share your work, don't put a Creative Commons license on it.
Creative Commons (CC) puts the Open in OER. You are free to use the item under certain conditions. You must always give attribution!
Students would take more courses, but traditional textbooks are getting in the way. Increase in OER is an increase in enrollment of students taking the course.
Once you move to Open Content, you get to move to open pedagogy and open practice. What can I do in my class if the content is open that I can't do if the content is closed?
OER Commons Hubs
OER Commons Michigan Colleges Online Hub
OER STEM Literacy Hub
OER Common Core Hub
U.S Department of Education - #GoOpen
Creative Commons Tips
Research and OER
Research on Open Educational Resources for Development - ROER4D
Open Education Research Hub - OER Hub
OER Review Project
Openly Licensed Textbook Projects
Michigan Open Book Project
Wayland, Michigan #GoOpen School District
Open Up Resources
European Open Edu Policy Project