Introduction to Open Educational Resources

What are OER, and how are OER different from other resources?

The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation defines Open Educational Resources as 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 re-purposing 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 (William and Flora Hewlett Foundation 2016).


Introduction to the OER Course

This self-paced course is designed to provide you -- as a UNH faculty member -- with an overview of the OER landscape, allowing you to identify, integrate, and (maybe) produce OER for your own courses and to find support for your efforts on your UNH campus. The course is based on fundamental questions about OER:

  • Why OER?            

  • What types of resources are available as OER, and how do I find and evaluate them?

  • How are OER licensed?             

  • How can I integrate OER into my own courses/curriculum?

  • What if I want to adapt an OER, or produce my own OER?

  • What kind of support is available at UNH?


Course Objectives

  • Define Open Educational Resources (OER) and distinguish OER from other types of “open” resources.

  • Explain the advantages to both faculty and students of integrating OER into your teaching.

  • Describe the various formats of OER.

  • Utilize online search tools to locate OER for your own purpose.

  • Describe Creative Commons licenses for OER and explain the advantages and disadvantages of each license.

  • Evaluate potential OER for your own courses and curriculum.

  • Implement appropriate accessibility guidelines and policies regarding OER.

  • Outline major considerations for producing your own OER.

  • Identify OER support resources at UNH.


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