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Open educational resources (OER) are any learning or teaching resources that are available at little or no cost. These can include textbooks, course readings, course syllabi, multimedia, games, assessment tools, or any other material that can be used for educational purposes. The video below from the Noun Project offers a good summary.

Why Open Educational Resources?  

  • They are free or low cost to students -- studies show lowering textbook costs for students increases the likelihood of student success.
  • They allow customization, remixing, and the ability for instructors to be more involved with their course content 
  • They often include accompanying materials, such as multimedia, lecture slides, and more 
  • You can involve your students in the creation of ancillary materials, quiz banks, and other learning tools, which deepens the engagement students have with the course content 
  • Because OER is freely available online, students can return to it as much as they choose to, enabling the possibilities of life-long learning 

The video below, from Lumen Learning -a commercial education company that creates courses using OERs, provides additional insight  about the benefits of OERs to students. Participants are from higher education institutions who were involved in the Kaleidoscope Project -- a project funded by a grant from the Next Generation Learning Challenges (NGLC).   

Want to explore OERs for a course you teach or want to teach? Go HERE to this excellent "road map" offered by Univeristy of Hawaii.

Open Washington developed a 9 module course covering OER basics.  Go HERE to take a look.

Open SUNY offers introductory and intermediate self-paced courses on OER. Go HERE to take a look.

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 New information will be added as we explore OERs for use at Drew University. 

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