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Ohio State Marion: Open Educational Resources: Overview

Please NOTE!

From Alexis Duffy at ALX:

The RFP is now open for Affordable Learning Exchange (ALX) grants! ALX is a cross-campus partnership between the Office of Distance Education and eLearning, University Libraries, Undergraduate Student Government, and the University Center for the Advancement of Teaching. Our mission is to reduce the cost of textbooks and other course materials at Ohio State by advocating for open educational resources and other low-cost alternatives. These goals are directly in line with President Drake’s 2020 Vision. We have already funded 30 projects and are on track to save students $10M by 2020.

We are looking for projects of all sizes, from high-enrollment GE courses to small seminars and everything in between. Our goal is to continue to support the excellent and innovative teaching and learning practices of our faculty, while providing significant savings for our students in the process. Award amounts are flexible based on a project’s needs, and there are varying levels of support available. Grants may require matching funds from your department.

This first phase of the application process will remain open throughout September 8, and is meant to simply collect your ideas. All you need to supply is some basic information and we’ll be in touch to help you through the next phase, where you’ll complete the full proposal.

Proposals can be submitted on our website. Thank you for your consideration.

What are Open Educational Resources (OER)?

Open Education Resources

Open Educational Resources (OER) are "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."  

From The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation

OER allow users to:

  • Retain -- users have the right to make, archive, and own copies of the content
  • Reuse -- content can be reused in its unaltered form
  • Revise -- content can be adapted, adjusted, modified, and altered
  • Remix -- original or revised content can be combined with other content to create something new
  • Redistribute -- copies of the content can be shared with others in its original, revised or remixed form.

Finding OER

Open Textbooks have been released with an open license (usually a Creative Commons license) which allows them to be copied, shared and revised.

OER Repositories contain more than just open textbooks. They also have other digital learning materials such as:

  • full courses
  • modules
  • syllabi
  • lectures
  • homework assignments
  • quizzes
  • lab activities
  • games
  • simulations

Guide Attribution

Creative Commons License
This guide, Open Educational Resources, by Betsy Blankenship is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.
Based on a work by Regina Gong at http://libguides.lcc.edu/oer.