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Open Educational Resources (OER): Using OER

OER Starter KIt

Integrating OER into a Module

  Useful  Pointers...  

Using OER at first can be daunting because there are so many resources that you can use. If you are considering incorporating open resources into your module, here are some tips on building or adding OER to your classes.

 Step 1 :

Set aside time

  • It takes time to search for these materials. Be persistent, you'll find something useful!

 Step 2 : 

Check if someone else has created a similar, complete OER course or textbook.

  • Explore the "Open CourseWare" and "Open Textbooks" sub-tabs under the "Finding OER" tab at the top panel of this guide. 
    Example: Go to the Open Textbook library and browse  their open business texts.

 Step 3 :

Take a closer look at your learning objectives. 

  • Focus on what you would like students to know or be able to do. Then think of the textbook that you would like to replace.
  • You will likely need to search for several materials to address different topics or components of your complete class.

 Step 4 : 

Search several OER repositories to see what content is available. 

  • Explore the "Finding OER" tab on this guide, for a list of repositories.
    Tip*: Explore the browsing tools that the repository or search engine presents to you! Don’t rely solely on keyword searching.
  • Use the Google “Advanced Search” to search for open resources.​

 Step 5 :

Look for library materials like e-books, articles and streaming videos to fill in gaps.

 Step 6

Not finding what you’re looking for? Ask your librarian. askalib3

 Step 7 

Consider creating and sharing your own OER.  

  • Browse the sub-tabs labeled  More on...Creating (see right panel of this page) for selected guides, checklists, open source tools, software, etc. that are useful for creating texts, videos, images and audio.
  • Remember to share your OER with your Resource Librarian who will help to add your OER into our library collection. 

Adapted from "OER - Open Educational Resources: Adopt" by University of Pittsburgh Library System.

More on Creating...

The following video is intended to help you select compatible resources and choose a valid license for your OER:

Image source: "Free the Textbook" by opensourceway is licensed under CC BY-SA

 Tools for Creating Text  

  Tools for Creating Videos, Images  

  Tools for Creating Audio  

Creating basic audio files will require a microphone, probably a better one than the one that came with your device or computer. Talk to your technical support if you require help in recording sounds that require higher fidelity. You'll also need audio editing software:​

  • Audacity
    Open Source audio editing software. Read the Audacity tutorials and the install the LAME codec to save your work in mp file.
  • Ocenaudio
    Ocenaudio is a cross-platform, easy to use, fast and functional audio editor. It is the ideal software for people who need to edit and analyze audio files without complications.