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Module 3: Using OER

Using OER in your course is not an all-or-nothing proposition! It is unrealistic to expect instructors to immediately pivot to using only OER content. Selecting material for a course takes time and careful consideration, and there is no need to rush the adoption of OER. Furthermore, designing an OER-only syllabus is not an appropriate or feasible goal for many courses. 

Instead, incorporating OER into a course can be taken step-by-step. Curating a mix of copyrighted and OER materials is a relatively easy but effective starting point for incorporating OER into a course. After becoming more familiar with using OER, an appropriate long-term goal may be creating OER to fill gaps in the existing content. Think of OER as an opportunity to fine-tune and tailor your course instruction instead of a hurdle. 


Open Education in Practice: Integrating OER Into Your Course by Abbey Elder

Open Education in Practice: Integrating OER Into Your Course by Abbey Elder is licensed under a CC-BY 4.0 International license.


The following pages will list ways to use OER content in your course in order of increasing complexity.

  1. Incorporating Open Content into Courses: Using OER content in place of copyrighted content.
  2. Remixing Open Content: Adapting existing OER content to tailor it to a particular course or purpose.
  3. Creating OER: Sharing original content with an open license.
  4. Open Pedagogy: Designing course activities, assignments, and assessments that allow students to interact with and/or create OER material.

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