“” means high-quality teaching, learning, and research resources that reside in the public domain or have been released pursuant to an intellectual property license that permits their free use and repurposing by others, and may include other resources that are legally available and free of cost to students. Open educational resources include, but are not limited to, full courses, course materials, modules, textbooks, faculty-created content, streaming videos, tests, software, and any other tools, materials, or techniques used to support access to knowledge. --California Education Code, Section 78052 (b) (4)
Here are some of the starting points for getting involved in the OER community:
The Consortium has a very active listserv to join: https://www.cccoer.org/community-email/ where you can ask all sorts of questions from those in the know. Be prepared to get a lot of emails from it. OR, you can search the archives for discussion topics.
Defining the "Open" in Open Content and Open Educational Resources
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 licensed in a manner that provides users with free and perpetual permission to engage in the 5R activities:
This material was created by David Wiley and published freely under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 license at http://opencontent.org/definition/.
The Open Education Group's Review Project, led by John Hilton III, is "an ongoing review of empirical research on the impacts of OER adoption" that "...gathered articles that focus on the efficacy of OER or teacher/student perceptions of such resources in actual practice. We have limited our studies to those in which OER were the primary learning resource(s) and were compared against traditional learning resources; in addition, the study needed to include at least 50 participants." Click the link below to go to the list of studies.
Click the menu in the top right-hand corner of the first video to see a list of short videos on the following:
Be sure to check on your OER regularly to minimize surprises, such as:
All original content in this libguide, Open Educational Resources (OER), is licensed by Sandra Pesce under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License. 3rd-party content including, but not limited to images and linked items, are subject to their own license terms. Portions of this guide content are reused from Northern Virginia Community College's Open Educational Resources (OER) libguide, for which this author gratefully acknowledges librarian Heather Blicher's permission to copy.