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Open Educational Resources (OER): A Guide for Faculty: How do I find OER for my course?

This guide will provide information about OER and how you can use them in your courses.

One-on-One Help

There are several places you can get help with OER on campus:

  • Lori Cassidy, OER Grant Project Coordinator & Instructional Design Librarian, can help with general OER questions, grant details, figuring out the best person to get assistance from, working with OER and library materials, and finding your textbook
  • Sue Harlan, Instructional Designer, can help you integrate OER into Blackboard or Canvas
  • Todd Murphy, Bookstore Manager, can help you get your OER textbook into the bookstore

OER Repositories

Other Places to Find OER

Library Resources

The library has a wealth of online books, articles and videos. These resources can be linked or embedded into Canvas. You can find this material on our Periodicals and Electronic Resources site. For assistance finding and integrating resources appropriate for your class, contact Lori Cassidy, Instructional Design Librarian. 

Creative Commons

Most OER are licensed under Creative Commons. Creative Commons is a licensing system that allows you to grant certain rights to others, while retaining the copyright to your work. CC has several licenses, which are used for different purposes:

 

CC BY License

This license lets others distribute, remix, tweak, and build upon your work, even commercially, as long as they credit you for the original creation. This is the most accommodating of licenses offered. Recommended for maximum dissemination and use of licensed materials.

 

CC BY SA LicenseThis license lets others remix, tweak, and build upon your work even for commercial purposes, as long as they credit you and license their new creations under the identical terms.

 

CC BY ND LicenseThis license lets others remix, tweak, and build upon your work non-commercially, and although their new works must also acknowledge you and be non-commercial, they don’t have to license their derivative works on the same terms.

 

CC BY SA LicenseThis license lets others remix, tweak, and build upon your work non-commercially, as long as they credit you and license their new creations under the identical terms.

 

CC BY ND LicenseThis license allows for redistribution, commercial and non-commercial, as long as it is passed along unchanged and in whole, with credit to you.

 

CC BY NC ND LicenseThis license is the most restrictive of our six main licenses, only allowing others to download your works and share them with others as long as they credit you, but they can’t change them in any way or use them commercially.

This information is directly from Creative Commons.