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What are Open Educational Resources (OERs)?
The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation (n.d) define 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. Open educational resources include full courses, course material, modules, textbooks, streaming videos, tests, software, and any other tools, materials, or techniques used to support access to knowledge.
The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation. (n.d). Open Educational Resources. Retrieved from http://www.hewlett.org/programs/education/open-educational-resources
General OER Information
- Reuse - Use the content in its unaltered form
- Revise - Adapt, adjust, modify, improve, or alter the content
- Remix - Combine the original or revised content with other OER to create something new
- Redistribute - Share copies of the original content, revisions, or remixes with others
- Retain - Keep access to the materials after the learning event
- Reduce resource costs for your students
- Engage with other educators
- Build partnerships across institutions
- Share learning and teaching experience
- Enhance the quality of educational resources
- Provide real-life experiences for your learners
- And many, many more!
Maryland Open Source Textbook (M.O.S.T.) Initiative
M.O.S.T. Course Hub
A place where Maryland faculty will find easy-to-adopt, high-quality OERs to replace expensive textbooks in college courses. While the Hub currently comprises materials mostly aimed at undergraduate general education courses, additional materials and capabilities will be added to the site over time.
These openly licensed, customizable course materials provide a comprehensive set of resources curated from well-known OER textbooks and other sources. They include well-aligned supplemental materials such as homework systems for auto-grading, slide decks, and test bank questions. Most importantly, students get day-one access to all course materials and can retain a copy forever. Course content is also updated regularly and designed to address accessibility requirements.
M.O.S.T. OER Commons
Search through collections curated by M.O.S.T. institutional partners.