|"Open Education encompasses resources, tools and practices that are free of legal, financial and technical barriers and can be fully used, shared and adapted in the digital environment." SPARC (2017).|
Research in Open Education
|Image credits: OER Global Logo by Jonathas Mello.||"OER (Open Educational Resources) are teaching, learning, and research resources that reside in the public domain or have been released under an intellectual property license that permits their free use and repurposing by others. OER include full courses, course materials, modules, textbooks, streaming videos, tests, software, and any other tools, materials, or techniques used to support access to knowledge." SPARC (2017).|
The 5 Rs of OER
Retain - the right to make, own, and control copies of the content (e.g., download, duplicate, store, and manage)
Reuse - the right to use the content in a wide range of ways (e.g., in a class, in a study group, on a website, in a video)
Revise - the right to adapt, adjust, modify, or alter the content itself (e.g., translate the content into another language)
Remix - the right to combine the original or revised content with other material to create something new (e.g., incorporate the content into a mashup)
Redistribute - the right to share copies of the original content, your revisions, or your remixes with others (e.g., give a copy of the content to a friend)
This material is based on original writing by David Wiley, which was published freely under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 license at http://opencontent.org/definition/.
OER Repositories, Directories and Referratories
Other Open Access Books Directories
Rubrics to Evaluate OER
OER Evaluation Checklist - This resource was reused and adapted from Kirkwood Community College Library's guide on open textbooks. It was developed by Sarah Crissinger under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International License.
RCL Librarians Recommendation for OER Evaluation
Important aspects to focus on when evaluating an OER:
"Open pedagogy is that set of teaching and learning practices only possible in the context of the free access and 4R permissions [reuse, revise, remix, redistribute] characteristic of open educational resources". David Wiley (2013).
What is Open Pedagogy? - David Wiley, Iterating Toward Openness.
April Open Perspective: What is Open Pedagogy? - Year of Open 2017.