Welcome! If you're interested in supporting student success by finding and using lower or no cost course materials*, you've come to the right place. To get started:
1. Learn what they are:
2. Think about your course objectives and learning outcomes. Make a list so as you look over low or no cost materials, you can quickly determine what you need.
3. Find possible course materials and evaluate them. Be sure to consider accessibility. Explore the Find OERs and OERs for Guided Pathways sections of this toolkit or ask your librarian for more suggestions. You can schedule time with any of the librarians on the OER Taskforce as well (see below).
4. Connect with others to share ideas, ask questions, and get support:
You can connect with colleagues in CCSNH, New Hampshire, or national online forums, or speak with an Open CCSNH member:
· White Mountains CC: Melissa Laplante email@example.com (librarian)
· Lakes Region CC: Penny Garrett firstname.lastname@example.org (librarian)
· Additional Support/ Project Management:
Alisa Kadenic-Newman email@example.com (CCSNH Director of Academic Technology)
Jenn Cournoyer firstname.lastname@example.org (River Valley CC VP Academic and Student Affairs, Co-Chair)
Scroll down to find definitions and keep learning, and please feel free to contact any of us for further assistance and support!
Open CCSNH defines No Lost and Low Cost (NoLo) as materials for one course costing less than $40 new. For more details visit myCCSNH.
You can upload and use OERs in your Canvas courses. You can also share and find materials in Canvas Commons:
One easy way to reduce the cost of course texts for your students is to use library materials:
Copyright and Fair Use
Fair Use is a right, and we have tools to help you exercise it. Visit our guide for more details. Librarians from CCSNH completed training to become part of the Copyright First Responders network: Kristen Lindsay at MCC and Melissa Laplante at WMCC. We can answer your questions or call on our network for additional information if needed.
The "5R's Framework" describes the ways OERs may be used, depending on the way they are licensed:
Creative Commons Licenses are your guide to which of the 5rs you can apply to a particular resource. For example, you can't revise or remix anything with a ND license -- no derivative. Read this helpful wiki on the CC licenses to find out more about Creative Commons and OER.
"Creative Commons Licenses by Andi Roberts, CC BY-NC-SA"
"Open Educational Resources (OER) are teaching, learning and research materials in any medium – digital or otherwise – that reside in the public domain or have been released under an open license that permits no-cost access, use, adaptation and redistribution by others with no or limited restrictions." (UNESCO).
OER is related to "textbook free" -- a textbook free course or degree may include OERs but often includes library and other reading materials, placed on reserve or uploaded to Canvas and used according to copyright and fair use guidelines.
What's the difference between "free" and "open?" Open educational resources are licensed to be re-used, while free just means there is no paywall to access something.
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