Open Educational Resources Part 2: Finding OERs

by | 4 Oct, 2017 | 0 comments

Part two of the Library Open Educational Resources Series on Finding OERs. This post was co-authored by Shemiran Yaghobi & Dr Patrick Tooth. Many thanks to Janet Chelliah for her support and advice.

If you haven’t read part one of this series yet, head over to Open Educational Resources before reading this post!

An important point about CC Licences

Do you know that Creative Commons licences are not revocable? You cannot change your mind later. You are free to stop offering material under a CC license at any time, but this will not affect the rights associated with any copies of your work already in circulation. Any particular licensee may lose his or her rights after violating the license, but this does not affect continual use of the work by other licensees, according to Creative Commons and Australian Copyright Council

an infographic showing types of OERs, including OER portals, media, OpenCourse ware and open textbooks

Open Educational Resources – OER Portals

An OER database such as OER Commons Portal offers filtering by educational level and material type as well as abstracts and ratings.  However, Google also offers advanced search for file type and usage rights.

Open Educational Resources – Media

 

a stack of books

Open Educational Resources – Open Textbooks

As you know, textbook costs can be high. Open textbooks offer a great option: they are openly licensed and usually offered under Creative Commons licenses. Would you like to help your students to reduce the cost of education? Recommend Open textbooks!

text reading 'open the future' on a door

Open Educational Resources – OpenCourseWare

OpenCourseWare sites contain collections of course materials, often including syllabi, subject outlines, course activities, readings, and assessments. They are offered under Creative Commons Licenses. If you would like to see how other institutions have organized their courses, take a look at the following:

Interested? Want to find out more? See the Library Page on OERs or contact the Library’s learning.futures team for help. Please let us know if you’d like us to look for specific information or a specific resource.

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