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Open Educational Resources (OER): Things to Consider


 Public Domain, Wikimedia Commons

  • Narrows the gap between formal and informal learning
  • Reduces cost of course materials for students - Free or low cost
  • Moving beyond the lecture - Multimodal learning styles & engages student learning inside and outside the classroom
  • Enhances institution's public image
  • Most resources can be used as-is - Requiring little technical knowledge
  • Offers opportunities for lifelong learning - Students increase awareness of how they can learn on their own

Pedagogical Implications

Krzysztof Szymański, CC, Wikimedia Commons

  • Benchmark your instruction
  • Create Student Engagement
  • Content Augmentation
  • Content Instruction
  • Resource Distance or Online Courses with appropriate curricular content
  • Resource MOOCs


David Haberthür, CC, Wikimedia Commons

  • Permanence issues - Can disappear
  • Quality issues - Writing, accuracy, updatedness...
  • Economic issues - Consider expenses for creation, updating, sustaining, and archiving materials
  • Discoverability issues - Need for creation of metadata for increased discoverability
  • Accessibility - Make accessible to all users (cultural, language and ADA aspects)
  • Legality issues - Manage intellectual property; Copyright, royalty/usage payments
  • Policy issues - Determine quality, usage, storage, and funding
  • Sustainability issues - Address funding, policy, and archiving decisions
  • Technology issues - Challenges in broadband availability, digital ...
  • Quality issues - Address accuracy