Open Educational Resources (OER): Getting Started

This Research Guide will assist faculty in learning about and searching for open educational resources (OER).

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Rachel Dilley
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"Open Educational Resources (OERs) are any type of educational materials that are in the public domain or introduced with an open license. The nature of these open materials means that anyone can legally and freely copy, use, adapt and re-share them. OERs range from textbooks to curricula, syllabi, lecture notes, assignments, tests, projects, audio, video and animation."  UNESCO

Shared Knowledge Empowers OER Autumn 2019 Workshops All workshops held in Columbus Hall 302 Register in Cornerstone Intro to Open Texts September 5 from 2:00 to 3:00 i September 13 from 10:00 to 11:00 September 19 from 1:00 to 2:00  September 27 from 9:00 to 10:00 OER Crash Course October 11 from 10:00 to noon October 24 from 1:00 to 3:00 November 1 from 1;00 to 3:00 November 7 from 9:00 to 11:00 November 20 from 1:00 to 3:00 OER Enabled Pedagogy October 18 from 10:00 to 11:00 November 14 from 1:00 to 2:00 Fair Use in the Classroom October 3 from2:00 to 3:00 December 6 from 10:00 to 11:00

OER in Context

“As open educational resources, textbooks thus pose an interesting set of problems. We begin by acknowledging that a textbook, if it is used at all, is never used in isolation. It is part of a complex mixture of supporting materials organized and ultimately translated through the voice of the instructor. In fact, it might even be appropriate to say that in the context of the course, the instructor is the only author worthy of the term. It is the instructor’s creation of a syllabus and lesson plan, his or her choice of pedagogical materials, and her gloss on these materials in the form of lectures or comments that represent the true authorial voice.”

Cummings, Mark. "What Is a Textbook.", 2 Jan. 2018,

Why Open Education Matters

Two Columbus State students discuss the impact of high textbook costs.

"Open Texts @ Columbus State Student Involvement" by Columbus State Community College Library is licensed under CC BY 4.0

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