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Open Educational Resources: Finding OER

An introduction to open educational resources (OER).

Factors To Consider When Selecting An OER

Quality of OER is considered one of the barriers for adopting OER. As with critically evaluating other scholarly resources, you need to consider the 5W + 1H (who, what, when, where, why, how ) and relevance of an OER. In addition, you can:

  • Use a reputable platform to search for OER that have been (peer) reviewed 
    For example, OER Review Criteria (by Open Textbook Library): Comprehensiveness, Content accuracy, Relevance Longevity, Clarity, Consistency, Modularity, Organization Structure Flow, Interface, Grammatical errors, Cultural relevance. 
  • When available, read other instructors' comments and/or recommendations for an OER
  • Pinpoint the requirements of you specific teaching and learning contexts and preferences
    For example: How flexible do you need to modify the content? Do you need assignments, quizzes, and/or interactive assessment modules? Which platform is most convenient to incorporate into your learning management systems. 

Read more: OER Evaluation Checklist by Sarah Crissigner and [Summarized] Rubrics for Evaluating Open Education Resources Objects , summarized version of Achieve's OER Rubrics by Rodney Birch of George Fox University

Resources For Finding OER

OER resources listed below are not comprehensive but can be used as a starting point.

General Search

Open Textbook Search

Complete Courses

Modular Course Components

MOOCS (Massive Open Online Courses) Platforms 

Platform with courses for free

Platform provide options of learning for free or paid for credits/certificates.

Search the Library's eBook Collection

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Although not necessarily an OER solution, one option is to use eBooks the Library subscribes to lower the textbook cost.

Discipline-specific OER

Search Engines for OER and Open Courseware

Open Text Resources

The open text resources and open access journal publications can be used as teaching materials but will require instructors' guidance and designing to be introduced into classrooms. 

This page reused content from UIUC Library's Guide on OER