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.
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 a CCSNH OER Taskforce member:
· Manchester CC: Deb Baker email@example.com
· Great Bay CC: Becky Clerkin firstname.lastname@example.org
· White Mountains CC: Melissa Laplante email@example.com
· Nashua CC: Jennifer Tripp firstname.lastname@example.org
· Lakes Region CC: Nancy Eckert email@example.com
· Additional Support/ Project Management:
Meghan Eckner http://firstname.lastname@example.org (CCSNH OER Project Director)
Alisa Kadenic-Newman email@example.com (CCSNH Director of Academic Technology)
Jenn Cournoyer firstname.lastname@example.org (River Valley CC Interim VP Academic and Student Affairs)
Scroll down to find definitions and keep learning, and please feel free to contact any of us for further assistance and support!
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"
"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.
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