THING 16 – Open Educational Resources 2019-04-11T14:40:06+00:00

Project Description

THING 16 – OPEN EDUCATIONAL RESOURCES

What are Open Educational Resources?

Open Educational Resources (OER) are teaching and learning materials (quizzes, lesson plans, textbooks, media, etc.) that are prepared by educators and made freely available on the internet through the public domain or Creative Commons licenses. They can also be freely redistributed, shared, adapted, repurposed and remixed by other educators as needed.

Why Open Educational Resources?

The OER movement arose out of the need to develop quality, affordable and accessible educational content as a viable solution to the unsustainable financial burden placed upon many students faced with relentless increases in the costs of textbooks.

Types of OERs and where to find them

The types of materials available can range from single worksheets and lesson plans through unit plans, textbooks and full semester/year long curricula. There are a number of services that serve as clearinghouses for OER material and provide searchable interfaces to help find appropriate material.  Well known clearinghouses include:

OER Commons

OpenStax

Merlot

ACTIVITIES

Step 1

Visit the BC Open Textbook Collection and browse through growing collection of internationally published, openly licenced introductory e-textbooks in a wide range of disciplines via the left hand menu. Click through a few titles, and notice the variety of formats that are offered (pdf, epub, etc.).  Find one that offers an “editable” format, illustrating the re-use possibilities of OERs.

Step 2

Wikimedia Commons, a collection of freely usable media files, has issued a call for submissions of images of public places (e.g. parks, fountains, statues, heritage buildings, etc.).

  • Take some representative pictures of these public places within in the Concordia University and surrounding areas of Montreal.
  • Upload them to the Wikimedia Commons database. Details are below:

https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Commons:First_steps

More information:

List of North American OER Policies & Projects: Recent institutional, corporate, organizational, state and provincial governmental open educational resources policies and projects in the United States and Canada.

Open Textbook/OER Directory: Current list of North American open textbook/OER collections and scholarly presses

Open Education Notebook: A resource for learning about Open Pedagogy; includes examples of new ideas and best practices.