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OER and Scholarly Communication: Basic Information and Conversations

A general guide to open educational resources.

Basic Information About OER (Open Educational Resoruces)

Capetown Declaration The Capetown Open Education Declaration. Consider signing.

Open Content Definition David Wiley's definition. Wiley is a leader in the OER movement.

Comparative Definitions Creative Commons has collected and compared definitions of OER.

SPARK OER Fact Sheet Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition is a major organization working on open-access and OER issues.

Robin DeRosa Video  Robin DeRosa gives a brief introduction to Open Education.


Creative Commons

CC Wiki

Creative Commons Licenses Basic information about what Creative Commons Licenses do and about the varieties of Creative Commons Licenses.

Creative Commons Licenses in Plain English Attorney Sarah Hawkins explains Creative Commons Licenses.

OER Attribution Builder May help faculty to attribute OERs and Open Textbooks appropriately. 

How to Decide Which Open License to Use

Conversations About OER

International Open Access Week October 24- 30 2022.

Online Learning and Distance Education Resources Excellent blog moderated by Tony Bates.

SPARK Libraries & OER Forum Join the Google Group to join the discussion.
SUNY OER Repository / OER Success Framework  This site offers a plan for assessing institutional readiness for implementing open education resources.  

Blended Librarian A blog aimed at librarians who are integrating instructional technology into their work. Useful for anyone interested in OERs.



Finding Other OER Resources

Sometimes full textbooks can be found in these resources. But also lesson plans or elements which one can use in putting together a course. In some cases content here is picked up by the major search engines above.


OpenStax/OER Commons

OpenOregon Over 600 open access classroom resources in many disciplines, from syllabi, to free readings, to textbooks.

Open Education Consortium

MIT Open Courseware

UCI Open Open course materials from UC Irvine.

Saylor Academy Course Catalog

Finding OERs on Google

H20 Classroom Tools  This is a repository which allows sharing and modification (in some cases) of course materials. Those which are linked to Harvard University's licensed databases may need to modified here for use (i.e. linked to our databases). Consult a librarian for assistance. This was created by Harvard University and was originally intended for Law but now encourages use by faculty in other disciplines. It is a product of Harvard Library Lab



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