Open Educational Resources (OER)
According to the 2016 Student Textbook and Course Materials Survey by the Florida Virtual Campus, more than half (53.2%) of students spent more than $300 on textbooks during the spring 2016 term, and 17.9% spent more than $500. It was also found that 66.6% of students did not purchase the required textbook.Through OER the cost of student materials can be drastically reduced. OER also give instructors the ability to customize the materials, creating the "perfect" textbook instead of being bound to traditional print resources.
For more information, please contact Jane Strudwick, Director of Scholarly Communication.
OER can be licensed in a manner that provides users with free and perpetual permission to engage in the 5R activities
Retain - the right to make, own, and control copies of the content (e.g., download, duplicate, store, and manage)
Reuse - the right to use the content in a wide range of ways (e.g., in a class, in a study group, on a website, in a video)
Revise - the right to adapt, adjust, modify, or alter the content itself (e.g., translate the content into another language)
Remix - the right to combine the original or revised content with other material to create something new (e.g., incorporate the content into a mashup)
Redistribute - the right to share copies of the original content, your revisions, or your remixes with others (e.g., give a copy of the content to a friend)
How to use OER - a self-paced workshop
From the Open Washington: Open Educational Resources Network, the How to use Open Educational Resources workshop is designed to walk you through techniques to incorporate Open Educational Resources (OER) into your teaching practice.
Module 1: Introduction
Module 2: Copyright & License
Module 3: Understanding OER
Module 4: Open License
Module 5: Creative Commons Licenses
Module 6: Finding OER (using Open Washington site)
Module 7: Public Domain
Module 8: Sharing OER
Module 9: Accessibility
Module10: Why OER Matters
Authoring Software and Platforms
Creative Commons Licensing
The most common way to openly license copyrighted education materials — making them OER − is to add a Creative Commons license to the educational resource. CC licenses are standardized, free-to-use, open copyright licenses that have already been applied to more than 1.2 billion copyrighted works across 9 million websites. See Creative Commons: About the Licenses.