OER's are no cost materials that support teaching and learning. These include textbooks, interactive learning materials, quizzes, images, media, software, lab manuals, games, online lectures, and more.
Ideally, OER's offer legal permission allowing the “5R’s” to allow maximum educational flexibility: Users may Retain, Reuse, Revise, Remix & Redistribute.
In addition to major open educational resource collections, such as Merlot and OER Commons, highlighted in the box below, locate OER's by using a search engine such as Bing or Google. A drawback to this method? Pinpointing vetted resources is more random.
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A major OER concern is the frequent lack of such supplementary materials as assessments, or support tools that assist with such activities as grading. Options to address these concerns include:
Free add-ons. Many of the OER repositories listed on this page will note if supplementary support materials have been added, and may also include the option to create and add your own for use by all.
Fee-based add-ons. Some OER suppliers, such as OpenStax, have partnerships, prominently offered, with companies and publishers that supply support tools and resources at reasonable costs.
What's the difference between Open Access (OA) and Open Educational Resources?
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Below are some large OA journal repositories. Note that much of the best content of these repositories is also integrated into Auraria Library databases and collections.