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OER Adoption Tools Resources
If you have found OER to adapt or remix, you should first check to see if there are any built-in authoring tools available from the repository where you found the OER. Below are tutorials of authoring tools in various OER repositories.
Sharing Existing Learning Objects
You probably have already created potential OER and just haven't thought about them as resources you might be able to share! OER take the shape of different resources, including (but not limited to):
- Syllabi and courses created (for example, if you created a class on WWI Literature, it might be useful for others to see your assigned readings and activities)
- Videos/ tutorials on a specific topic
- Group activities
- Writing prompts
- Tests, quizzes, and other assessments
- Lesson plans
- Research assignments and activities
If you'd like to share one of your learning objects as an OER, think about the following:
- Decide where they might go (general or disciplinary repository)
- Find out what the requirements are for them to go there. Do they need to be in a specific format? What metadata entry is required?
- Rank/ evaluate your OER. What level is it intended for? What’s the language use (very technical or introductory)? Can you add instructions/ tips on how you used it?
- Craft metadata for the object. What terms can you use to make your OER more discoverable?
- Licensing! Look at the CC website to decide what’s right for you. What are your intentions for the object?
- If you are remixing several OER which were published under different licences, use the Creative Commons License Compatibility Wizards to help you determine whether there will be compatibility issues.
- Refer to CC attribution guide and write apporpriate citations for resources you used. The suggested citation format is: [Title] by [Author], used under [CC BY Licence]
Permissions Guide For Educators
This guide is intended to support curriculum developers--including educators, curriculum experts, librarians, and others--in determining the legal ways that they can use digital resources created by others in their own lessons and collections.
The guide also serves as a primer on how to seek permission to use resources that are currently under copyright. It includes considerations around whether to ask for permission, as well as resources to aid in conversations and negotiations with rights holders.
BC Campus OER Checklist
Open Textbook Adoption Worksheet
Created by Dr. Judy Baker, Director of Community College Consortium for OER, this resource simplifies the process of finding and adopting an open textbook
Literature Review: Effectiveness & Perceptions of OER (4:40)
A Review of the Effectiveness & Perceptions of Open Educational Resources As Compared to Textbooks based on,
Hilton, J. Open educational resources, student efficacy, and user perceptions: a synthesis of research published between 2015 and 2018. Education Tech Research Dev 68, 853–876 (2020). https://doi.org/10.1007/s11423-019-09700-4.
Guide Copyright, Permissions, and Attributions
This research guide was molded by Nicole Arnold and Nicole Carpenter, built off the work of Allegra Swift at UCSD and Elizabeth Salmon at UC Merced.