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Finding OER

Now is a great time to get friendly with your learning objectives.  Think about your course, what your students will need to know, and what materials they need to help them get there.

Not every course is a one-text fits all type of course.  You may have needs that are unique to your teaching approach, topics that your previous textbook or new textbook don't cover well, or ideas that you've always wanted your students to explore.  Now is the time to explore how to meet all of these challenges. 

Step One- determine what educational resources you need.

What is it that you need?

Begin exploring what is out there.  Check out our Find OER page or watch below for a brief overview of possibilities.

Using OER

As you start adding open content into your course plan, remember:

  • You do not have to use all the content in a textbook.  Only give your students the information that they need to succeed in your class. 

  • Consider creating some "Further Exploration" lists for topics you want to encourage students to discover more about.

  • Less is more in learning.  Information overload does not help students engage in meaningful ways.

  • Need some relevant, current event, or multimedia resources that you couldn't find in the OER world?  Ask a Librarian.  They might already have the resources you and your students need.

  • Do an Accessibility check! - work with your campus accessibility services to make sure the content you are sharing meets all of your students' needs.

  • Use your resources! - campuses are rich in faculty resources that are often overlooked.  Instructional designers, e-learning specialists, librarians and more are here to help you on this journey.

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Feel like a lot?

We can help!

The OER Program offers a free online class that will guide you through all that you need to know about open education and implementing it into your course.  The class is asynchronous and can be taken any time.  Join here.

Need a different option?  Download this Faculty Handbook that will walk you step-by-step through the process.

Is Everything Digital?

Open education is all about providing students and faculty options.  OER is not just digital.

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