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.
They include full courses, course materials, modules, textbooks, streaming videos, tests, software, and any other tools, materials, or techniques used to support access to knowledge." - Hewlett Foundation
Through a partnership with the Open Textbook Library, the University Libraries at Virginia Tech are pleased to offer the opportunity for VT faculty to attend an Open Textbook Adoption Workshop and receive $200 for a written review of an open textbook. The 1.5 hour workshop is next offered in SPRING 2017 (exact date TBD). Contact Anita Walz to express interest. The workshop covers:
- Open - what it is and what it isn't
- Open educational resources and open textbooks as a solution to student affordability issues
- OER as a tool for learning resource customization and pedagogical innovation
- Supporting faculty adoptions of open educational resources
The most recent Open Textbook Workshop was held December 7, 2016.
Encouraging the Ecology of Creativity (PDF from CreativeCommons.org)
VIDEO: Why Open Education Matters (2:27)
Definition: "[Open Educational Resources] are teaching, learning, and research resources that reside in the public domain or have been released under an intellectual property license [such as certain kinds of Creative Commons licenses] 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."
Source: The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation (2010)
Why is the Open Source model compelling for learning and research?
VIDEO: Get Inspired [making education more affordable] (OpenStax)
VIDEO: Supporting Students to Succeed with Open Education (Lumen Foundation)
VIDEO: Open Source Cancer Research - TED Talk by Jay Bradner
The University Libraries' Open Educational Resources (OER) initiative aims to address the following question:
What can we do to improve student learning and faculty teaching materials to make them increasingly:
Accessible - available in multiple formats, compatible with multiple devices, as well as ADA compliant;
Affordable - ensuring that no student is excluded from access because of financial reasons;
Quality - peer-reviewed, current, authoritative, usable/readable by the intended audience;
Flexible/Adaptable - supportive of various faculty teaching and student learning pedagogies, across disciplines, and teaching approaches;
Engaging - encouraging efficacious and active student engagement with learning materials; and/or
Innovative - adopting, where relevant, and teaching technical literacies.
The Open Education movement is built around the 5Rs of Open. These represent the gold standard in openness:
Retain – the right to make, own, and control copies of the content
Reuse – the right to use the content in a wide range of ways (e.g., in class, in study group, on a public website, in a video)
Revise – the right to adapt, modify, or alter the content itself (e.g., translate the content into another language)
Remix – the right to combine the original or revised content with other open content to create something new (e.g., mashup)
Redistribute – the right to share copies of the original content, your revisions, or your remixes with others (e.g., give a copy of the content to a friend)
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