What are Open Education Resources (OERs)?
“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.”
The VIU Library can assist you to:
- Locate OER materials for your instruction and Canvas shells;
- Interpret Creative Commons symbols and other licensing statements for proper usage;
- Reuse, revise, remix, and redistribute OER appropriately;
- Pursue reviewing or authoring opportunities with Open Text Books.
Open Education Resources
- Canvas Commons Use the canvas Commons search tool located on the left side of your Canvas shell. Paste this search string into the search box to find Open textbooks and shells: OEI CCC OER OpenStax
- Creative Commons search Use this search tool to locate OERs through common image, video, and search engines.
- Creative Commons Licensing types Understand the symbols and licensing types
- Khan Academy “offers practice exercises, instructional videos, and a personalized learning dashboard that empower learners to study at their own pace in and outside of the classroom. We tackle math, science, computer programming, history, art history, economics, and more.”
- Merlot 2 is an open source consortium of resources. With registration, instructors or staff can create course packs with content builder, contribute material, and link to academic communities. (Free registration required).
- MIT Opencourseware MIT OpenCourseWare (OCW) is a web-based publication of virtually all MIT course content. OCW is open and available to the world and is a permanent MIT activity.
- OER Commons OER Commons is a public digital library of open educational resources. Explore, create, and collaborate with educators around the world to improve curriculum.
- Open Textbook Library Open textbooks are textbooks that have been funded, published, and licensed to be freely used, adapted, and distributed. These books have been reviewed by faculty from a variety of colleges and universities to assess their quality. These books can be downloaded for no cost, or printed at low cost. All textbooks are either used at multiple higher education institutions; or affiliated with an institution, scholarly society, or professional organization.
- Openstax OpenStax is a nonprofit based at Rice University. OpenStax textbook projects are developed and peer-reviewed by educators to ensure they are readable and accurate, meet the scope and sequence requirements of each course, are supported by instructor ancillaries, and are available with the latest technology-based learning tools. (Free registration required).