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OER can either be in the public domain, or under a more lax intellectual property license.
OER can be revised, remixed, added upon, translated, and then shared again to meet different needs.
OER can take many forms, such as: syllabi, lesson plans, videos, software, tests, teaching techniques, group activities, writing prompts, textbooks, learning modules, experiments, simulations, and course designs. There are no platform restraints.
UC San Diego educators actualize the university's stated mission and values when using OER in instruction. The Library contributes the our strategic priorities when we support our instructors and students by sharing our discipline knowledge and expertise in information resources, focusing on resources that are accessible, affordable, and sustainable.
Hoping to learn more? There have been multiple studies on faculty implementations, misunderstandings, acceptance of, and evaluation of OER. The Review Project has curated a number of empirical studies published in scholarly journals on the topic. Their general conclusion is:
Once adopted, OER provide the permissions necessary for faculty to engage in a wide range of pedagogical innovations. In each of the studies reported above, OER were used in manner very similar to the traditional textbooks they replaced. We look forward to reviewing empirical articles describing the learning impacts of open pedagogies.
If you need to move a class online, whether immediately or with some time for planning, you need to consider copyright and licenses before placing content on a course management system (CANVAS is the one we use here at UC San Diego).
Reminder #1: You can not always post content online just because you have access to a resource or the system is password protected!
Reminder #2: Don't have time to dig though licenses and fair use assessments? Use Open Educational Resources - all types of content and ancillaries!
1. Link to library licensed contentsuch as journal articles or do a fair use assessment if you want to post the actual content. Be sure to remind the students they need to create an acct on VPN to get access to library licensed/paywalled content remotely.
2. Locate an open educational resource (OER) : all areopen access and Creative Commons licensed so that you can post the actual content immediately.