OER Tutorial

This course is meant as a primer to anyone interested in learning more about the OER movement. It provides learning opportunities related to the origins of open resources, copyright and open licensing. It also acts as an overview of searching best practices both on the web and in OER repositories. The last section invites the course participant to incorporate and/or remix an open resource for their own learning or teaching 

See below for the course outline or click here to begin.


1.1 Introduction to OER
The origins of open and examples of resources and benefits
1.2 UNESCO Declaration 
The UN education arm has set forth a directive on the creation and use of OER
1.3 Funding for OER
Foundation and government support for OER initiatives over the past 10 years
1.4 OER in Canada
A look at the current OER projects underway in Canada


2.1 Copyright Overview
The right to copy and educational use
2.2 Creative Commons Licensing
Open licenses allow copyright materials to be used freely with a variety of terms
2.3 Additional Licenses
The alternatives to CC and where to find them


3.1 Search Strategies
A primer on best practices related to the usage of search functions
3.2 Search Engines
Google with an eye toward their advanced features
3.2.1 Google
Major search engines have capabilities to find open content outside Wikipedia
3.2.2 Video
Advanced searching for resources inside the world’s largest video repository
3.2.3 Images
Open image searching within the top imaging social network
3.3 Repositories
OER repositories by various institutions with tips for finding resources for you
3.3.1 MERLOT
California State’s repository with a federated search
3.3.2 SOL*R
British Columbia based repository
3.3.3 Athens
Algonquin College repository 

OER Usage

4.1 Attribution
Attribution is key in the use of all materials you use
4.2 Remixing
Editing materials to suit your style and material


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