Open Education: OER Overview
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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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, reuse, modification, and sharing with 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.
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.
Creative Commons Licenses & OER
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 via Zoom on March 2, 2022 4-5:00pm. Register here. PDN credit will be available. Contact Anita Walz with questions.
The workshop covers:
Discussion of what you like / don’t like about current course materials
Course material impacts on students
What we mean (and don't mean) by "open"
Creative Commons licenses
VT's Guidlines on Open Educational Resources (OER) and Open Textbooks
An invitation to write a short review of an open textbook (and get $200)*
*The review stipend requires workshop attendance and completion of a written review of an open textbook from the Open Textbook Library within six weeks after the session. Funding is coordinated and provided by VIVA (the Virtual Library of Virginia).
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
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)
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
Lengthier Background Reading
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.
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. RFPs are generally announced in December with proposals due February/March and announced in May for a July 1st start. 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
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:
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.