How can I use OER in my teaching or course?
Many instructors in Florida's colleges and universities utilize OER in their courses. They have adopted OER in the following ways:
If I give my students a link to a journal article or ebook from the FAU Libraries, is this the same as OER?
An OER is something that is openly and freely available, while an article or ebook from the library is available through a license or subscription. The latter are examples are library-licensed materials (LLMs) and are not the same as OER for your course. However, LLMs help make materials more affordable for students since they do not have to pay directly out-of-pocket for them.
How can I evaluate OER?
A common criticism of OER is its lack of a standardized peer review process. In response, some OER platforms include reviews while others incorporate editorial reviews. See a platform's information about these processes since reviews are becoming more common with OER.
If you found an OER to use in your instruction, you can apply the following criteria criteria to evaluate it:
To help you and your students get the most out of using OER as course or instructional materials, here are some suggested tips:
1. Review the work's Creative Commons (CC) license. Be sure the CC license of a work aligns with your intended use.
2. Review the version of an open access work. Open access publications, particularly journal articles, can be a final version of record or its preprint. Be sure to have your desired version, and that its license allows sharing or reposting. The following open access models generally have certain versions:
3. Add durable URLs to syllabi or LMS. Find the durable or permanent URL for your OER and distribute that to your students through your syllabi, LMS, or wherever you list your course materials to students.
4. Save or download the work if possible. This ensures you and your students can keep the work if its URL changes or its host site or server is down. It also gives you the option to re-use or share if it is not readily available.
Open access is a publishing model that makes scholarly and creative works freely available and allows types of sharing and reuse. These attributes enable them to be for used teaching and instructional purposes. Open access journals and books can provide viable materials that can be used as OER and provide the same benefits to both students and instructors.
Open access publications have Creative Commons (CC) licenses attached to them, allowing them to be reused based on their assigned license terms. See a work's CC license and use ones that align with your intended purposes.
Is open access the same as OER? Open Educational Resources, or OER, are educational materials that have been made freely available for teaching purposes. In contrast, open access is a publishing model with the purse of making research and other scholarly works available without barriers. OER can make use of an open access work along with slides, recordings, simulations, and other learning objects.
Originality statement: Content reused from Open Access Research Guide by K. Padron, https://libguides.fau.edu/c.php?g=1022227&p=9128732
Are you interested in using OER in your courses but want to learn more about its nuts and bolts? See Open Washington: Open Educational Resources Network's Open Educational Resources to learn about copyright, Creative Commons licenses, and other considerations in using OER. This 10-step module is self-paced and openly available to help you incorporate OER into your teaching.