Welcome! This guide will assist you in locating and assessing Open Source educational resources.
Per the Dictionary of Communication & Media Studies, Open Source is a concept that "works on the principle of free access to information, including computer software and the practice of user participation – a classic example of online open-source being Wikipedia, which allows users to write their own definitions and make adjustments or alterations to existing entries without prior clearance."
Examples of Open Source resources include:
OER Commons is an extensive instructional resource toolkit that includes lesson plans, data sets, games, syllabi and much more. Choose by subject discipline or academic level. They even offer training on how to integrate Open Education Resources into your instruction!
Source: Scholarly Publishing & Academic Resources Coalition (SPARC) Open Education Fact Sheet.
Studies conducted at Virginia State University and Houston Community College found that students who used open textbooks often achieved higher grades and lower withdrawal rates than their peers who used traditional textbooks.
Hilton III, J., & Laman, C. 2012. One college’s use of an open psychology textbook. Open Learning: The Journal of Open, Distance and e-Learning, 27(3), 265-272.
Feldstein, A., Martin, M., Hudson, A., Warren, K., Hilton III, J., & Wiley, D. 2012. Open Textbooks and Increased Student Access and Outcomes. European Journal of Open, Distance and E-Learning (2).
Graphic: Scholarly Publishing & Academic Resources Coalition (SPARC) Open Education Fact Sheet.
This guide is adapted from the Lansing Community College (LCC) Library Research Guide on Open Educational Resources (OER) by Regina Gong, and is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.