Want to learn more about OER activity and events at Lane?
Visit OER at Lane to learn more about the OER activity on campus.
Ian Coronado, Dean, Academic Technology Center | email@example.com
Meggie Wright, OER Librarian | firstname.lastname@example.org
Claire Dannenbaum, Reference & Instruction Librarian | email@example.com
Want to learn more about the Oregon OER scene?
Visit OpenOregon.org to learn about initiatives aimed at Oregon community colleges.
College Open Textbooks | http://collegeopentextbooks.org
Digital Public Library of America (DPLA) | http://dp.la
OER Commons: Open Textbooks | http://www.oercommons.org
Open Course Library | http://opencourselibrary.org
Open Courseware Consortium | http://www.ocwconsortium.org
OpenStax College | http://openstaxcollege.org/
Open Textbook Library | https://open.umn.edu/opentextbooks/
Saylor Resource Guides | http://www.saylor.org/open/resourceguides/
SmARThistory | http://smarthistory.org/
Textbook Revolution | http://textbookrevolution.org
WikiEducator | http://wikieducator.org/Main_Page
Do you want a textbook-free course? Would you like to incorporate open resources into your course to help students get a better grasp of certain topics? Read on for tips for finding Open Educational Resources to build or add to your classes.
100 year-old apples in Switzerland. Photo by Ellen Wallace, Flickr Commons.
First, set aside time. Searching for OER materials takes time and persistence, just like research.
Articulate your learning objectives. Instead of focusing on the textbook that you would like to replace, focus on what you would like students to learn or do. You will likely need to search for several materials to address different topics or components for a complete class. Example: instead of searching for “biology” materials, search for “cell structure” or “DNA” or “evolution” materials.
Try using Google “Advanced Search” to search for open resources. Do a search using Google and limit your results by category: usage rights.
Search one or more OER repositories/OER search engines. See the OER for Educators box for a list. Use the browsing tools that the repository or search engine provides. (Don’t rely solely on keyword searching.)
Not finding what you’re looking for? Ask for help! OER liaisons at Lane are listed on the Educators tab, here.
Consider creating and sharing your own OER. Each term, the ATC hosts workshops for using software to create your own materials. If you create materials, consider contributing them to one of the OER repositories.
More advice on searching for OER? Open Learn has a helpful open, modular online course Creating Open Educational Resources.
Here are resources to learn more about the open education movement and how to teach with OER.
An Open Education Reader A collection of readings on open education with commentary created at Brigham Young University and edited by David Wiley.
Here are several tools for creating your own resources.
Easily record and edit videos of action on your computer screen.
Drive allows you to create cloud-hosted documents, presentations, etc. Each document can be linked in Moodle and centrally maintained (i.e. you can update the Google document and it will automatically update in Moodle). This can be useful especially if you are using the same material for multiple classes.
"Easily create ebooks, typeset PDFs, and webbooks. Choose from professionally designed book themes. One button publishing." This platform is available to instructors at Lane through OpenOregon.
Online photo editor and drawing tool. Requires Flash.
There are many new tools available that allow teachers to gather content from numerous places into one platform. Here are a few examples.
Ginkgotree | http://www.ginkgotree.com
AcademicPub | http://www.academicpub.com
TopHat | https://tophat.com
Moodle | Lane's licensed LMS
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