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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

Resources for Getting Started

Step 1: Register as a user on the JWU Pressbooks platform, OpenEd@JWU

Step 2: Contact Kerry Caparco kcaparco@jwu.edu for a tour of the site

Step 3: Sign up for Pressbooks training, "Getting Started," from their calendar of monthly webinars

Resources for using Pressbooks:

What to do next?

Think you might want to use OER? Reach out to a librarian. Together you can decide where to look for content.

If you are switching from a traditional textbook, ask yourself these questions:

  1. What do you like/not like about your current textbook?
  2. What are the primary outcomes you hope OER will allow your students to reach?
  3. How much material do you expect students to interact with on a weekly basis?
  4. What do you expect the students’ ability to be? i.e. undergrad/grad, digital literacy competency, etc.
  5. What factors of quality are most important to you?
  6. What source types do you want students to have access to?
  7. How do you want your students to access these sources?

Try searching the repositories listed in the next tab, "Finding Open Education Resources."