NYU forum on Open Education Resources that offers some great tips on incorporating OER into university curricula.
Step one: Set aside time.
Searching for these materials takes time and persistence, just like research. As you begin, also consider possible sources of funding.
Step two: take a look to see if someone else has created a similar, complete OER course or textbook. See the Open Resource Lists on this guide.
Step three: Get cozy with your learning objectives.
Instead of focusing on the textbook that you would like to replace, focus on what you would like students to know or be able to do. You will likely need to search for several materials to address different topics or components of your complete class.
Step four: Use Google “Advanced Search” to search for open resources.
Step five: Search within some of the specific OER repositories/OER search engines.
Use the browsing tools that the repository or search engine presents to you - don’t rely solely on keyword searching.
Step six: Look for MU library materials like e-books, articles and streaming videos to fill in gaps.
Step seven: Talk to colleagues about their experiences with OER - what worked and what didn't?
Step eight: Not finding what you’re looking for? Ask a librarian.
Step nine: Consider creating and sharing your own OER.
Open Learn has a helpful open, modular online course "Creating Open Educational Resources"
This content is adapted from the Portland Community College (LCC) Library Research Guide on Open Educational Resources (OER) by Jen Klaudinyi and is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.
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