OER for Your Course

Overview/Purpose

In this learning module, you will be looking at how you can pull together OER materials for your course. You begin by reviewing a checklist that guides you through the process, as well as provides you with resources. This should take you approximately 30 minutes to complete.

It will take approximately 30 minutes to complete.

Target Course Competencies

Assemble OER (open educational resources) for a course you are teaching.

Learning Objectives

  • Identify a course which OER could be used.
  • Locate OER (open educational resources) for one course competency.
  • Find OER (open educational resources) for competency.

Learning Activities

  1. Review competency and learning objectives.

Competency:

Assemble OER (open educational resources) for a course you are teaching.

Learning Objectives

  • Identify a course which OER could be used.
  • Locate OER (open educational resources) for one course competency.
  • Find OER (open educational resources) for competency.
  1. Read Steps to Using OER in Your Classroom (Microsoft Word document).

    This document consists of seven steps you will want to use when considering OER for your course.

    Why: As you begin the process this will direct you where to start and how to proceed with finding materials for your course.

    Time: It will take you approximately 10 minutes to read and review linked material.

Learning Materials

  1. Watch videos on how to find resources for your course. The videos really help you find many different places to find OER.

    Why: Watching the videos will open your eyes to how much is available online from a teaching perspective.

    Click here to watch the T4LT – Resource Sharing (Part 1) This is 3 minutes in length. When they discuss Angel, they are referring to the learning management system used by the presenters.

    Click here to watch the T4LT – Resource Sharing (Part 2) This is 2:42 minutes in length. They share sites like MIT who have open courseware, Yale and WISC Online. There are other sites mentioned as well.

    Click here to watch the T4LT – OERs Part 3 This is a 3:35 minute video about more OERs resources.

    This is a great starting place to get many ideas on what you can add to your course. These resources do not have to replace the textbook, but rather supplement it. Which is a great starting point for converting your class to potentially not using a textbook.

  1. Explore the Finding OER and Creative Commons licensed resources module. This is Module 5 from Open Washington website.

    Why: Open Washington provides you with step by step instructions to find licensed OER materials – it takes the guess work out of searching the Internet. Great spot to start if this is your first time using OER.

    Time: This will vary from 5 minutes to 15 minutes if you decide to explore the extra links.

Learning Materials

  1. Examine the use of xpLor in Blackboard.

    xpLor is a cloud-based learning object repository (LOR) that is designed to work with multiple Learning Management Systems (LMS). A learning object is a resource, usually digital and web-based, that can be used and reused to support learning.

    Watch: Using xpLor in Blackboard on how to use xpLor in your Blackboard Course Shell.

    Why: This tool will help you re-use material you create, as well as add material others have created into your courses.

    Time: The video is 10 minutes long.

Learning Materials

  1. OPTIONAL: NOTE – This is one hour in length, however it provides real life examples of how teachers have built courses using OER.

    Watch the webinar: CCCOER: Opening Up Pedagogy with Open Educational Resources. This is a one hour webinar. Produced by Community College Consortium for OER (Open Education Consortium), which has a wealth of resources available.

    Why: The reason it is chosen, is that it provides you with two examples of faculty who incorporated OER into two courses. Since this unit’s purpose is to help you use OER for your course, it is very appropriate.

    Time: Approximately one hour

Learning Materials