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Factors To Consider When Selecting An OER
QUALITY OF OER IS CONSIDERED ONE OF THE ADOPTION BARRIERS
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.
Resources For Finding OER
Find a wide variety of open resources, mostly in bite-size chunks for easy collection and remixing. Created by Institute for the Study of Knowledge Management in Education, supported in part by the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation.
OASIS - OER search engine by SUNY Geneseo
Gathered more than 155,000+ records from 52 different sources that have been carefully selected in collaboration with SUNY OER Services. Some of the features of OASIS include the ability to limit search results by license, type, subject, source, and reviews available. Through OASIS, you can also suggest new sources to be added to the catalog and/or share items of interest through email.
OPEN textbook search
Open Textbook Library
An open textbook repository hosted by Center for Open Education based at University of Minnesota. All books have been "reviewed by faculty from a variety of colleges and universities to assess their quality".
College Open Textbooks
Organized by subject and with faculty reviews. A collection of colleges, governmental agencies, education non-profits, and other education-related organizations that are focused on the mission of driving awareness, adoptions, and affordability of open textbooks. Hosted by a consortia of twenty-nine educational non-profit and for-profit organizations
Peer-reviewed texts written by professional content developers. A nonprofit based at Rice University and supported by several foundations. Free online and has the option to order a print book at low-cost.
Open SUNY Textbooks
State University of New York's open textbook publishing initiative repository. supported by SUNY Innovative Instruction Technology Grants.
A repository of open textbooks, peer reviewed and adapted by faculty in British Columbia, Canada. Can be browsed by subjects.
A student-run site dedicated to increasing the use of free educational materials by teachers and professors. Pay attention to the license status of the book found here. Many of them may not be openly licensed.
Modular course components
MERLOT (Multimedia Educational Resource for Online Teaching and Learning
Global resources by higher education faculty, staff, and students. Learning materials include lesson plans, images, videos, syllubi, quizzes, exams, and even textbooks.
OpenStax CNX (Originally Connexions)
"a place to view and share educational material made of small knowledge chunks called modules that can be organized as courses, books, reports, etc." Can also host your original content.
MOOCS (MASSIVE OPEN ONLINE COURSES) PLATFORMS
PLATFORM WITH COURSES FOR FREE
Platform with options for learning for free or paid credits/certificates
Search the Library's eBook Collection
Although not necessarily an OER solution, one option is to use eBooks the Library subscribes to lower the textbook cost.
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.