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Adapting Open Educational Resources: Lessons, issues and methods Discussion Area
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Why Use OER?
There are many reasons instructors might want to use OER:
Free and Legal to Use, Improve and Share
- Save time and energy by adapting or revising resources that have already been creating
- Tailoring educational resources to the specific content for your course
- Expands opportunities for interdisciplinary teaching and learning by allowing instructors to integrate and revise multiple educational resources
- Redefines "traditional" learning by often incorporating multi-media or scenario-based education
- Allows instructor to go beyond the confines of "teaching to the book"
Network and Collaborate with Peers
- Access to educational resources that have already been "peer reviewed" by other experts in your field
- Many resources have a review or annotation feature so instructors have more in-depth knowledge of the resource and its quality quickly
- Makes learning and teaching more collaborative
Lower Educational Cost and Improve Access to Information
- Reduces the cost of course materials, particularly textbooks so that all students have access and aren't as financially burdened
- Find and access information instantly on virtually any topic, and can access with various devices.
- Gives learners the option of looking at course content openly before enrolling.
- Can reduce the students bear, sometimes increasing graduation and retention rates
Choosing OER: Assessing for Quality
With so many freely available resources online, choosing OER can be overwhelming. This checklist contains some suggestions for faculty when choosing resources for use in the classroom. The checklist asks questions in the following areas when making a decision on selecting an OER:
- Production Quality
The checklist can be downloaded here.
Additional readings for open education resource selection can be found here:
- Shank, J. D. (2014). Interactive open educational resources: A guide to finding, choosing, and using what's out there to transform college teaching. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass.
- JISC. (n.d.). Open Educational Resources infoKit [wiki]. Retrieved from http://bit.ly/oerinfokit.
- Alberta OER Initiative. (2016). The Starter Kit: Considerations When Creating Open Educational Resources or Creating Your Own [toolkit]. Retrieved from https://goo.gl/kdYgf8.
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