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Faculty Guide to Open Educational Resources (OER): OER Explained

This guide was created at Highline Community College and is adapted for use at HCC.
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Open Educational Resources Defined


According to the Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition:

"Open Educational Resources are teaching, learning, and research resources released under an open license that permits their free use and repurposing by others. OERs can be full courses, course materials, lesson plans, open textbooks, learning objects, videos, games, tests, software, or any other tool, material, or technique that supports access to knowledge."

Creative Commons and OER

Source: "Creative Commons and OER" by Jane Park is licensed under CC BY 4.0

Game Changer: Open Education is Changing Rules

Licensing Info

Except where otherwise noted, this work is licensed under a Creative Commons CC BY license.

"Faculty Guide to Open Educational Resources (OER)" by Highline College is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.

Creative Commons License

Note: Links and embedded images/videos with a listed source may or may not be covered by a CC license.

Level Double-A conformance,
            W3C WAI Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 2.0

New! OER Starter Kit

Why Open Education Matters

ASHC Pa Ousman Jobe talks with Highline College students about textbook costs in the video below. Watch and hear what students have to say about how much they spend and how it affects them.

Watch this short animated video about open education. 2:22 minutes long.

Source: "Why Open Education Matters" by Blink Tower


Articles of Interest

Cable Green, Director of Global Education, Creative Commons

Cable Green, Director of Global Learning, Creative Commons - slideshow

Presentation from a workshop on OER at South Puget Sound Community College on March 20th, 2015. Below is a link to the presentation by Cable Green, if you’re interested in watching it. Cable is the Director of Global Learning at Creative Commons.

Fair Use

Code of Best Practices in Fair Use for Academic and Research Libraries, ARL and  American University. January 2012. This is a code of best practices in fair use devised specifically by and for the academic and research library community. It enhances the ability of librarians to rely on fair use by documenting the considered views of the library community about best practices in fair use, drawn from the actual practices and experience of the library community itself.

Source: "Code of Best Practices in Fair Use" by Association of Research Libraries (ARL)

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