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Open Educational Resources

Learn about the potential impact of open educational resources (OER) on student engagement, and how to adopt, adapt and create your own for use in the educational environment

Intention

These readings are intended to provide you with an overview of the Open Access conversation as it currently exists. As with traditional textbook models, there are pros and cons for adopting open textbooks. Understanding the current state of the Open Access movement will allow you to make a fully informed decision about how you might adopt open materials in your own courses. 

Faculty Perspectives

Readings

Below are some resources to acquaint you with the open educational resource (OER) landscape. Why do people advocate for OER? Why do instructors start using OER, and do they choose to keep using it? These reports and articles answer these questions and more, including addressing common misconceptions about OER.

Educational Resources in U.S. Higher Education, 2023 (Julia E. Seaman and Jeff Seaman, Bay View Analytics)

This annual report examines the state of educational resources, including awareness and use of OER.

The Impact of Open Educational Resources on Various Student Success Metrics (Nicholas B. Colvard, C. Edward Watson, and Hyojin Park, International Journal of Teaching and Learning in Higher Education)

OER Mythbusting (SPARC Report)

The OER Starter Kit Workbook (Abbey Elder and Stacy Katz, CUNY Manifold)

The workbook is a thorough guide to finding, using, adapting, adopting, and creating OER. It links to a wealth of resources, including conferences and communities that discuss OER.

Open Education Resources: Supporting Diversity and Sharing in Education (Shivani Ramoutar, TechTrends)

Open: The Philosophy and Practices that are Revolutionizing Education and Science (Rajiv Jhangiani, Robert Biswas-Diener, eds.)

Opening the Textbook (ITHAKA Report)

Overview of the OER Conversation