Are you considering converting to or building a textbook-free course? Would you like to incorporate some open resources into your course to help students get a better grasp of certain topics? Here are some tips for finding Open Educational Resources to build or add to your classes.
Step one: Set aside time.
Searching for these materials takes time and persistence, just like research!
Step two: take a look to see if someone else has created a similiar, complete OER course.
See the "Complete Courses" section of the "Find OER" tab for a list of repositories that provide complete OER courses.
Example: Go to Open Course Library and browse the materials for their biology courses.
Step three: Get cozy with your learning objectives.
Instead of focusing on the textbook that you would like to replace, focus on what you would like students to know or be able to do. You will likely need to search for several materials to address different topics or components of your complete class.
Example: instead of searching for “biology” materials, search for “cell structure” or “DNA” or “evolution” materials.
Step four: Use Google “Advanced Search” to search for open resources.
Step five: Search within some of the specific OER repositories/OER search engines:
See the "Find OER" tab for a list.
*OER Librarian pro-tip* Use the browsing tools that the repository or search engine presents to you! Don’t rely solely on keyword searching.
Step six: Not finding what you’re looking for? Ask your OER librarian.
I’m happy to help or refer you! email: Candice Watkins
Step seven: Consider creating and sharing your own OER.
See the "Create OER" tab.
More advice on searching for OER?
Open Learn has a helpful open, modular online course "Creating Open Educational Resources"
And check out this 60 minute webinar “Finding and Selecting High Quality OER” from the Community College Consortium for Open Educational Resources:
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