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Open Educational Resources: Intro to OER

Copyright Explained

Brief video explaining the basics of copyright, fair use, public domain, Open Educational Resources (OER), and Creative Commons licensing.
Further explanation can be found in GTC Libraries' Copyright in Courses presentation recording starting at 17:39 minutes.

The Textbook Problem

Textbook statistics
Fixing The Broken Textbook Market report by U.S. Public Interest Research Group

Opening the Textbook: Educational Resources in US Higher Ed 
Babson Survey Research Group results from a 2015-2016 national survey of more than 3,000 professors.

Open Educational Resources (OER)

Open Educational Resources (OER), are teaching, learning, and research resources that are free of cost and access barriers and provide legal permission for open use often only requiring attribution with citation. OERs are available in many formats including: images, videos, audio, books, textbooks, full courses, lesson plans, lectures, tutorials, modules, videos, labs, assignments, and assessments.

OERs are licensed in such a way that enables adopters to utilize the 5 Rs:

  1. Retain a copy of the content
  2. Reuse the content in a range of ways
  3. Revise the content as needed
  4. Remix original or revised content with other material
  5. Redistribute the original, revisions, and remixes with others

Creative Commons licenses are often applied to OERs to license these five rights to adopters.

OER Impact

Alt Textbook Benefits
Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition and Open Education Group

Intro to OER Resources

GTC OER Promo Presentation (recording coming soon)
A brief introduction to open educational resources and Greenville Technical College courses that use OER with quantitative and qualitative data of improved student success. Presented by GTC's Director of Learning Resources Tara Weekes. 

Intro to OER (44:16)
2024 Open Education Week webinar by GTC Head of Instruction Librarian Michelle Rubino and English Department Head Chuck Baker about how to find open education resources and how they benefit national and Greenville Technical College student success.

South Carolina Affordable Learning (SCALE) is an initiative of the Partnership Among South Carolina Academic Libraries. They offer many free online webinars about open access and affordable learning resources and practices. Webinar recordings are available at

Community College Consortium for Open Educational Resources
A joint effort by consortia to develop and use open educational resources, textbooks, and courseware.

A global coalition committed to making Open the default for research and education.

Center for Open Education: Open Education Network
An alliance of higher education institutions committed to improving access, affordability, and academic success.

Open Textbook Aliance
Project of U.S. Student Student Public Interest Research Groups uniting leaders to bring open textbooks to college campuses.

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