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OER:  Open Educational Resources

In describing the OER Initiative, the Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition (SPARC) states:  "Open Education encompasses resources, tools and practices that are free from legal, financial and technical barriers and can be fully used, shared and adapted in the digital environment.  Open Education maximizes the power of the Internet to make education more affordable, accessible and effective."
(from the site)

All about OER

The following handouts will help in preparing and understanding OER Resources as the handouts offer increasing details to OER on each one of the individual parts.  It can be complicated to find appropriate OER materials; and provided are links to sources for materials (aka objects) such as Textbooks, Images, Videos, Complete Courses, Course Instruction guidelines and other pertinet information. 

Download COMPLETE SETS: 

►  Introduction - 7  Parts
COMPLETE pdf 15 pages

►  Introduction - 7  Parts plus "ACHIEVE" and "Freeing the Textbook" (9 total parts)
COMPLETE pdf  74 pages


Download Individual Parts: 

Introduction:  ALL ABOUT OER [pdf]

♦  Part 1:  OER at a Glance
   [pdf]
(Overview of reasons and meaning)
♦  Part 2:  OER Resources: Usage Rights   [pdf]
(Explanation of symbols on various materials)
♦  Part 3:  Some OER Resources in Detail   [pdf]
(Where to find Open Educational Resources)
♦  Part 4:  Additional OER Resources  [pdf
(Where to find yet more Open Educational Resources)
♦  Part 5:  Chart of OER Resources [pdf]
(May be the most helpful section as chart describes resources most applicable) [12/19]
♦  Part 6:  Contact Information for Certain Sources noted  [pdf]
♦  Part 7:  Notes on Supplementary Materials of Part 8 and 9   [pdf]


♦  Part 8:  Achieve: Rubrics for Evaluating Open Education Resource (OER) Objects
[pdf] (11 pages)
♦  Part 9:  Freeing the Textbook: Educational Resources in U.S. Education, 2018
[pdf] (48 pages)


Revised 2019/ gjm