Open Educational Resources (OER) 

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What are OERs?

Open educational resources (OER) include digital and print course content, open textbooks, teaching materials, learning modules, and more.  Often, they are made available through copyright friendly means such as the public domain or a Creative Common licence:   

 

 

Students and instructors can freely access, use, share, and modify OERs. David Wiley’s 5R Framework describes the ways OERs can be used to support teaching and learning:

 

 

OERs are growing in importance as the cost of textbooks and learning materials continues to rise. OERs make it easier for instructors to create, customize, and share learning materials and for students to access, use, and modify course content. Both students and instructors can benefit when cost is no longer a barrier to accessible learning materials.       

 

OER Examples

Prominent examples of OERs include:

  • eCampus Ontario – An Ontario Government project, eCampus is the home of OER in Ontario
  • Merlot – A curated collection of learning and teaching materials from the California State University
  • OER Commons – A free online library with content covering a range of subject areas and educational levels
  • OpenED – Developed by the Government of British Columbia, OpenED is a collection of open textbooks
  • OpenStax – Founded by Rice University, OpenStax is a collection of teaching materials for instructors
  • Open Textbook Library – Postsecondary level textbooks put together by the University of Minnesota
  • U of S Open Textbooks – The University of Saskatchewan’s open academic publishing platform, U of S Open Textbooks, features a growing number of titles

 

Saskatchewan Polytechnic is also currently developing it’s own OER Repository.    

 

Learn More

The Saskatchewan Polytechnic Copyright Office is here to help students and instructors learn more about OER.  Please do not hesitate to contact Tasha Maddison at tasha.maddison@saskpolytech.ca or 306-659-4125 for assistance.   

 

We would like to thank the University of Regina and the University of Saskatchewan for allowing to adapt some of their content for this page:

 

Source: University of Regina. (n.d.). How can Open Educational Resources help me and my students? Retrieved from https://www.uregina.ca/open-access/oer/index.html. [Reproduced under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 2.5 Canada Licence.]

 

Source: University of Saskatchewan. (n.d.). Open Educational Resources. Retrieved from https://library.usask.ca/copyright/general-information/open-educational-resources.php.

[Reproduced under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 2.5 Canada Licence.]

 

Source: University of Saskatchewan. (n.d.). Open Educational Resources. Retrieved from https://teaching.usask.ca/curriculum/open-educational-practices.php#OpenEducationalResources.

[Reproduced under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 2.5 Canada Licence.]

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