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Open Educational Resources (OER): A Guide for Instructors

The OER Starter Kit

The OER Starter Kit – Simple Book Publishing

This starter kit provides instructors with an introduction to the use and creation of OER. The text is broken into five sections: Getting Started, Copyright, Finding OER, Teaching with OER, and Creating OER.

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This guide has been adapted from Michigan State University (MSU) Libraries OER Program Guide, under the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License (CC BY). undefined

What are 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."  

(From The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation)

OER include a wide variety of course material types, including open textbooks, modules, syllabi, lectures, homework assignments, quizzes, lab activities, games, and simulations.. They are either (a) in the public domain or (b) licensed in a manner that provides everyone with free and perpetual permission to engage in the 5R activities: Retain, Reuse, Revise, Remix, Redistribute. 


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There are a few options for using OER: You may adopt materials as-is; adapt materials to better meet your needs; or create materials to share openly with other instructors. 

About OER Videos

A growing body of research explores student learning outcomes, faculty and student quality perceptions, and other issues and concerns pertaining to OER. Selected sources and reports:

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