"Open Educational Resources (OERs) are any type of educational materials that are in the public domain or introduced with an open license. The nature of these open materials means that anyone can legally and freely copy, use, adapt and re-share them.OERs range from textbooks to curricula, syllabi, lecture notes, assignments, tests, projects, audio, video and animation." (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.
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:
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"
Please let library staff know if you have already used OERs or other cost-reducing measures in your courses, so we can help connect faculty OER users. If you need help with any of the options below, or anything else in this guide, please contact MCC Library!
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