"Open Educational Resources are teaching, learning and research materials in any medium – digital or otherwise – that reside in the public domain or have been released under an open license that permits no-cost access, use, adaptation and redistribution by others with no or limited restrictions" -- The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation
Examples of OER
Types of OER include (but are not limited to) textbooks, journal articles, syllabi, podcasts, lesson plans, learning modules, lab experiments, simulations, course videos, discussion prompts, assignments, assessments, library guides, and course design templates. In short, 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
OER for Instructors
Instructors use OER in their classes: — showing YouTube videos, using worksheets created and shared by other instructors, and using online simulations as learning activities. Instructors can also create and share syllabi, lesson plans, and even full textbooks for their courses. They can collaborate with instructors at their own institutions, or other institutions around the world. They can access and remix existing OER and republish them to share with others.
Adapted from the Open Educational Resources (OER): Tools for Affordable Learning, Washington State University LibGuide.
"The terms 'Open Content' and 'Open Educational Resources' describe any copyrightable work (traditionally excluding software, which is described by other terms like 'Open Source') that is either in the public domain or licensed in a manner that provides users with free and perpetual permission to engage in the following 5R activities":
Characteristics of a good OER
Adpated from: The Open University. OpenLearn. Creating open educational resources. What makes a good OER?
Using OER at first can be daunting because there are so many resources and so much potential. Where can you start?
Here are a few steps to get us onboard OER:
Set aside time
Searching for these materials takes time and persistence, just like research!
Take a look to see if someone else has created a similar, complete OER course or textbook.
Go to our site listing selected repositories (http://libguides.nus.edu.sg/OER/finding) and explore the tabs "Open Textbooks" and "Open Courseware". Eg. Go to Open Textbook Library and search for social work, psychology, etc.
Get cozy with your learning objectives.
Instead of focusing on the textbook that you would like to replace, focus on what you would like students to know or be able to do. You will likely need to search for several materials to address different topics or components of your complete class.
a) Explore repositories listed on this page: http://libguides.nus.edu.sg/OER/finding. Use both the browsing feature and keyword search!
b) use Google "Advanced Search" to search for open resources.
Look for library materials like e-books and articles to fill in gaps.
Search NUS Libraries collection via our library portal.
Need help? Let me know :)
Consider creating and sharing your own OER.
Take a look at the tools shown on these tabs (see screenshot below), available here: http://libguides.nus.edu.sg/OER/using