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 will be offered on Reading Day - May 3rd from 9:30-11am. Register here by May 2nd. 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
The most recent Open Textbook Workshop was held April 12, 2018.
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
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
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
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.
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.