Thank you to Mary Ann Cullen from the Perimeter College - Alpharetta, part of Georgia State University, for allowing us to reuse the content of their Open Educational Resources (OERs) guide.
Affordable Learning Georgia Faculty Panel
March 1, 3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. via Zoom
The Russell Library and the Center for Teaching and Learning invite you to a panel discussion on faculty experiences applying for and implementing Affordable Learning Georgia grants. Attendees will hear from a diverse group of faculty and have an opportunity to learn more about the grant program.
Low-to-No-Cost Class Materials
March 2, 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. via Webex
The Russell Library and the Center for Teaching and Learning invite you to a discussion low-to-no-cost designations for courses. The Library Director, Scholarly Communication Librarian, and CTL Instructional Designer will lead a conversation on cost-saving benefits to students, connecting open educational resources to student success, and about Affordable Learning Georgia grants. Join us, and bring your questions!
Creative Commons Workshop
March 4, 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. via Webex
the Russell Library invites you to a workshop on using Creative Commons licenses for managing your own copyright. By using Creative Commons licenses for your creative and academic work, you can allow others to copy, distribute, and make use of those works while ensuring proper attribution. Join us, and learn how to manage your copyrights as well as find other Creative Commons material you can use in your classroom.
Open Education Resource - There's no official definition, but generally....
OPEN =Open license
Are Library Resources OERs?
Library resources are usually not free of copyright restrictions so they cannot be adapted, copied, or distributed without the permission of the copyright holder, even for educational purposes, so technically speaking, they aren't OERs. However, since library resources are free to use and many electronic resources have unlimited users, they can fill the same needs as OERs in many situations.
Textbook costs are rising much faster than the rate of inflation....and students are responding.
There are many sources for OERs, but here are a few popular sites. (There is often a fair amount of overlap in the materials in these sites.)
Many academic libraries have created Research Guides (sometimes called LibGuides) with OERs selected for their specific population. See the Learn More page for examples and be sure to check with your librarian!
Some of the factors the ENGL 1101 textbook committee considered when selecting a text to adapt:
Other OER projects also consider availability of supplementary materials such as exercises and exams and peer review of the content.
Many OERs use Creative Commons Licenses to communicate just how "open" the resource is.
Copyright law grants, by default, "all rights reserved" to authors (or other copyright holders) to protect their claim to a work and profits generated from it.
Creative Commons is a popular way for copyright holders to modify these rights to allow others to reuse, modify, distribute, or even profit from their works without asking permission. The works are still copyrighted and must be cited when used as an information source in a research paper, but the author has opted to allow others to use the work within selected restrictions.
The particular combination of restrictions is selected by the copyright holder and is usually represented in code and/or image. For example,
This license specifies that you may modify, distribute, and reuse the work as long as you give attribution (credit) to the original author and you use the work non-commercially.
Well, of course there's the rest of this guide....but also, check out the Affordable Learning Georgia website for information about OERs, grants, resources, and more.