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Open Education: OER Overview

A "getting started" guide overviewing open, editable, and lower-cost textbooks and open teaching & learning resources for faculty, students, and librarians.

Open Education & Open Educational Resources

Open Education and OER information is provided by the Open Education Initiative of the Scholarly Communication Department at the University Libraries. We offer a variety of services to support campus teaching and learning, publication, and related research and outreach needs. Services include: online assistance, face-to-face consultations, project visioning, referrals, grant support, coaching, open publishing consultations, peer-review coordination, classroom instruction, and professional development sessions. We work in partnership with other campus units including, but not limited to: VT Publishing, the Center for Excellence in Teaching & Learning, Accessible Technologies, and various other units and departments. For assistance with your open education efforts contact the Open Education Initiative to ask a question or schedule an appointment.

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What is Open Education? What are Open Educational Resources (OER)? Where do I find OER others made? How can I use them? How can I create and share my own work as OER? What support is available to me?

Open education is a pedagogy-driven movement and philosophy which reduces barriers to learning, enables learner agency, values transparency, gives credit to others for their contributions, and utilizes Public Domain markers or open licenses for creation, use, and sharing of open educational resources.

Open Educational Resources (OER) are freely and publicly available 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

See below for more information about OER and what you can do with OER. See the Creative Commons tab for technical details about Creative Commons.

OER are available in many places. The most important thing that marks whether or not something is OER is a license which allows free use and re-purposing by others, or its status in the Public Domain status. More information about finding OER.  

OER may be used in part or in whole. OER may be adapted, customized, or updated to fit your audience. NOTE: Citations of others' work are expected. Attribution for Creative Commons' licensed works are legally required. More information about citation and attribution.

Design your work based on intent to share and reusability: 1) Use your own or openly-licensed figures. Obtain explicit permission to reproduce 3rd party works under an open license within your work. Clearly mark the terms of use of all third-party works. 2) Mark your work with an open license. Release your work publicly under an open license. 1) Plan to publicly release your source in addition to the finished work to reduce barriers for others. 2) Have your work peer reviewed. 3) Host your work in an open, archival repository like VTechWorks and link to it from major referatories like OER Commons, MERLOT, the Open Textbook Library, and those recognized by your discipline.

The Open Education Initiative offers a variety of services to support the Virginia Tech campus teaching, learning, open educational resource publication, and outreach communities, including online assistance, face-to-face consultations, project visioning, referrals, grant support, coaching, open publishing consultations, peer-review coordination, classroom instruction and professional development sessions. Reach out to us here: http://bit.ly/oeconsult

Other grant opportunities and support exist from 4VA, and State-level programs.

Propose an openly licensed project

Do you have an OER creation, adaptation or adoption project which could use funding or technical assistance? Are you a Virginia Tech faculty member?  Please send your expression of interest to Anita Walz.

See helpful background documents here

Get Involved

Through a partnership with the Open Textbook Library and the VIVA Academic Library Consortium, 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 workshop will next be offered on ____.  Register here PDN (formerly NLI) credit will be available. Contact Anita Walz with questions. 

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
- Tools for faculty adaptation of open educational resources

Open textbooks may be selected from among the 500+ books in the Open Textbook Library. Virginia Tech faculty are welcome to contact Anita Walz for additional information.

The most recent Open Textbook Workshop was held December 6, 2018.

Why Open licensing? Why OER?

Encouraging the Ecology of Creativity (PDF from CreativeCommons.org)

VIDEO: Why Open Education Matters (2:27)

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

Lengthier Background Reading

What are OER?

What can I do with OER?

Open content uses free license that grant users permission to:

Retain - Make, own, and control (download, duplicate, store, and manage)

Reuse - Use the content in a wide range of ways (in class, study group, website, video, anthology, in software)

Revise - Adapt, adjust, customize, or alter the content (translate, modify, reorganize, change formats)

Remix - Combine original or revised content with other material to create something new (mashup, anthology, package)

Redistribute - Share copies of the original content, your revisions or remixes (share publicly online, give a copy to a friend)

See also: Best practices for attribution of Creative Commons licensed works

This material is based on original work by David Wiley, and you can download, edit, and share the original for free under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 license from: http://www.opencontent.org/definition

 

Open Educational Resources (OER) are freely and publicly available 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

At Virginia Tech: What are Open Educational Resources?

Currently featured Open Educational Resources

Short Readings about Open Educational Resources

License

All original content on this page is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License. 3rd-party content including, but not limited to images and linked items, are subject to their own license terms. CC BY License

GRANT FUNDING

Applications due by invitation or November 15 & February 15. Open Education Initiative Faculty Grants support Virginia Tech faculty who are willing to create or adapt open educational resources. Application information

 

VIVA Virginia State-Wide Grants for OER/Course Redesign. $1,000-$30,000. Proposals due September 30, 2019. Awards announced December 2019. Further information  

 

DHSI funding (for Hispanic-serving institutions) from the U.S. Department of Ed

 

Federal (U.S. Department of Education) Open Textbooks Pilot Program Homepage

Open Education Librarian

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OER Initiative at the University Libraries, Virginia Tech

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:

  1. Accessible - available in multiple formats, compatible with multiple devices, as well as ADA compliant;

  2. Affordable - ensuring that no student is excluded from access because of financial reasons;

  3. Quality - peer-reviewed, current, authoritative, usable/readable by the intended audience;

  4. Flexible/Adaptable - supportive of various faculty teaching and student learning pedagogies, across disciplines, and teaching approaches; 

  5. Engaging - encouraging efficacious and active student engagement with learning materials; and/or

  6. Innovative - adopting, where relevant, and teaching technical literacies. 

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