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Open Educational Resources (OER)

Learn about OER, including how to find and use resources.

What are Open Educational Resources?

"OER are teaching, learning, and research resources that reside in the public domain or have been released under an intellectual property license that permits their free use and re-purposing by others. Open educational resources include full courses, course materials, modules, textbooks, streaming videos, tests, software, and any other tools, materials, or techniques used to support access to knowledge."

The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation

How can I get started with OER?

Learn the basics of open educational resources with Pathways. To sign up for a Pathways workshop click the email me button to the right. In the mean time, take a look at the open texts for Pathways here: https://courses.candelalearning.com/pathways/

Dig a little deeper into copyright and open licensing, the foundation of OER. Try our copyright training module here: http://tncc.libsurveys.com/Copyright-OER-Module

See how others have done it. Faculty have mapped their course learning outcomes to supporting open materials on the course in the mapping spreadsheets here: http://libguides.tncc.edu/OER/coursemaps

Start looking for OER you can adopt or adapt for your courses. Explore the sources we've listed for open textbooks, open courseware, journals, and other media on this guide!

Contact your OER librarian for more help with finding or adopting OER! Click the email me button to the right or give me a call.

Additional Reading for OER Beginners