OER, or Open Educational Resources, are "teaching and learning materials that you may freely use and reuse at no cost, and without needing to ask permission" (OER Commons). Most often, these will take the form of materials that have been openly licensed, which means that their creators have allowed reuse of their works under some conditions.
Specifically, openly licensed works allow for these five freedoms (commonly known as the 'five Rs'):
These five freedoms offer many advantages in the classroom. Read on to learn more.
Are you interested in open education, but don't know too much about why you should use it in your classroom? Watch Intro to Open Education, a short video from Robin DeRosa, director of Learning & Libraries and the director of the Open Learning & Teaching Collaborative at Plymouth (NH) State University.
There are so many reasons to adopt OER in your classroom!
As you explore OER, you may wish to apply the principles of open education to more than just your textbook through open pedagogy, which is "the practice of engaging with students as creators of information rather than simply consumers of it" (University of Texas at Arlington). Using the Five Rs, students can create and adapt information even as they learn it.
Some examples of assignments based on open pedagogy, or renewable assignments, are below.
Check out the OPN for examples of assignments that have students create learning objects that others can use to further their own education.
Much of this OER guide was adapted from Augsberg University's OER LibGuide with the permission of Caroline Wack.
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