"Open Educational Resources are teaching, learning and research materials in any medium – digital or otherwise – that reside in the public domain or have been released under an open license that permits no-cost access, use, adaptation and redistribution by others with no or limited restrictions." The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation
Welcome to the UA Cossatot Faculty Guide for OER!
This libguide organizes open resources by discipline to make it easier for faculty to find material. Even if faculty is using a traditional textbook, there may be resources to use as a supplement with current curriculum. While it is impossible to include every open resource available and review each resource listed, I hope that my efforts to organize open resources will make your life a little easier. It is up to each instructor to determine whether an open resource meets the needs of a particular course and aligns with its objectives and outcomes. Please check the licensing information as well. It is not unusual for material to be changed or even removed, so it is possible links may break. I plan to continue my research and add open resources as they become available. If you don’t see your course listed, please be patient and check back often. Eventually, there will be open resources available for all courses.
Relinda Ruth, Director of Educational Resources & OER Specialist at UA Cossatot
OER Mission Statement: The goal of UA Cossatot’s Open Educational Resources (OER) initiative is to reduce the expense of educational resources for students, while maintaining high academic quality within coursework and to increase faculty participation in a learning environment that encourages innovative global sharing of knowledge.
"Open educational resources (OER) are any resources available at little or no cost that can be used for teaching, learning, or research. The term can include textbooks, course readings, and other learning content; simulations, games, and other learning applications; syllabi, quizzes, and assessment tools; and virtually any other material that can be used for educational purposes. OER typically refers to electronic resources, including those in multimedia formats, and such materials are generally released under a Creative Commons or similar license that supports open or nearly open use of the content. OER can originate from colleges and universities, libraries, archival organizations, government agencies, commercial organizations such as publishers, or faculty or other individuals who develop educational resources they are willing to share."
The Southern Regional Education Board is the nation’s first regional interstate compact for education, SREB was created in 1948 by Southern governors and legislators who recognized the link between education and economic vitality.
SREB is a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization headquartered in Atlanta. The 16 states are Alabama, Arkansas, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Mississippi, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia and West Virginia. The SREB works with states to improve public education at every level, from early childhood through doctoral education.
The group recently featured an OER series with several OER advocates including Dr. Tanya Spilovoy, Dr. Gerry Hanley, and UA Cossatot's Director of Educational Resources & OER Specialist Relinda Ruth.
Below are links to each of the sessions.
OER in Dual Enrollment: Equitable Access and College Affordability
OER in Dual Enrollment: The Cost of OER and Return on Investment
OER in Dual Enrollment and CTE: Making a Case for Student Success
You can also visit the SREB YouTube channel for more great content!