This guide for faculty is a launch point for discovering & investigating Open Educational Resources (OER) at Skyline College and beyond. Here you'll find tips, tricks, best practices, informational videos and links to tried-and-true resources to support your journey from investigation to implementation of OER materials in your course.
You may notice that some disciplines are full of resources while others are scant. If you don't find what you're looking for, reach out directly to the ZTC Team at firstname.lastname@example.org. We are always happy to assist.
- Your ZTC Team
Open Educational Resources (OER) are teaching and learning materials that you may freely use and reuse, without charge. That means they have been authored or created by an individual or organization that chooses to retain few, if any, ownership rights. For some of these resources, that means you can download the resource and share it with colleagues and students. For others, it may be that you can download a resource, edit it in some way, and then re-post it as a remixed work. - OER Commons, 2015.
Creators and users of OER are free to retain their rights, reuse content, remix content, revise content, or redistribute content. This is because OER materials are released under an open license, such as a Creative Commons license, that specify how the material may be used. An open license grants permission to:
These are the five "R's" of OER!
OER include digital learning materials such as:
full courses & modules
lectures & quizzes
games & simulations
Graphic image from The Digital Evolution of Schooling blog post by Mallee, 2017.
Citing and attributing OER: Visit our Citing OER tab.