As textbooks in the Course Reserves room at the library are inaccessible due to Covid-19, check out potential open textbooks to be adopted for your courses in OER by Discipline Resource Guide : Concordia University.
What are OER?
Open Educational Resources (OER) are teaching, learning, and research materials in any medium that permit no-cost access, use, adaptation, and/or redistribution by others. They include textbooks, curricula, syllabi, lecture notes, question banks, videos, audio, simulations, assessments, etc.
Adapted from "Open Education: Content" (EDUCAUSE)
- To remove access barriers as OER are free to use, easily shared, and can be kept forever
- To make course materials affordable, resulting in significant cost saving for students
- To adapt content easily to suit pedagogical needs (e.g. timely updates, local examples)
- To improve student experience with potential positive impact on student success
How are OER licensed?
In order for OER to be shared and adapted in a timely manner to benefit learners and educators, open licensing is crucial in the process. Open licenses such as Creative Commons licenses allow OER to be retained, reused, revised, remixed, and redistributed based on standardized conditions (e.g. attribution, non-commercial, sharealike).
The approach taken is "some rights reserved", which grants certain usage rights to the public, while reserving other rights. Attribution is essential to open licensing as it ensures that authorship is acknowledged and content creators/contributors are properly credited.