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IDea Guide for Teaching and Learning: OERs

for Regina Hierholzer

What are OERs?

Be sure to check with your Academic Department Liaison for more information about finding open resources in your subject area!


The term can include textbooks, course readings, and other learning content; simulations, games, and other learning applications; syllabi, quizzes, and assessment tools; and virtually any other material that can be used for educational purposes"

(source: EDUCAUSE. May 27, 2010. 7 Things You Should Know About Open Educational Resources)

Open Educational Resources (OER) Supports Equity and Flexibility

How do I search for OERs?

Give it a Try...Find an OER on the Open Education Consortium (OEC)

OER News Flash! Read all about it!

Special issue to orient readers to the field of open education.

A publication from the Journal for Multicultural Education is about the Intersections of Open Educational Practices and Equity Pedagogy.  The feature piece, Open with intention: situating equity pedagogy within open education to advance social justice, provides a brief history of open education practices, an ongoing conversation of equitable education for all and its challenges for students, scholars, and educators.

The authors shared professional development applications, classroom applications, and learning design suggestions to engage with equity in Open Educational Practices.

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Why Open Education Matters

This video is surely a fun video about why open education is important: 


View this video to get a sense of why some students are not purchasing their textbooks and how there are other valuable online resources to share with your students that are not copyrighted: