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Open Educational Resources

Open educational resources are course materials that anyone can freely retain, revise, remix, reuse and redistribute.

Ways to use OERs

You're in control when you use OERs. You can:

  • start with something as simple as including a few openly licensed images in your lectures or adding a video in MyUni as a supplementary resource
  • switch to an OER textbook if you're concerned about reducing costs for students or ditch the textbook entirely and use a combination of OERs
  • revise an OER textbook or even create your own 
  • embrace open pedagogy practices and get your students involved in the evaluation, editing and creation of OERs.

The following are just a few examples of the ways educators around the world have incorporated OERs in their teaching.

  • Adapt: Arley Cruthers created a textbook which combines existing OER and original content. She revised the existing content so that it reflected Canadian content and language. She also changed names to reflect her classroom composition and added examples to reflect her students' diverse experiences.       
  • Engage: Rajiv Jhangiani assigned students to write and peer-review multiple-choice questions in a Social Psychology class over a 10 week period. This enabled students to achieve a deeper level of understanding with questions improving over time. It was also a pragmatic way of creating a question bank for the open textbook which was used in the course.