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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. 

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.

Why OERs matter?

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

Intro to OER Resources

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.

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

South Carolina Affordable Learning (SCALE) is an initiative of the Partnership Among South Carolina Academic Libraries.

Intro to Using Open Educational Resources in the Classroom (33:21)
2022 presentation by GTC librarian Michelle Rubino and English department head Chuck Baker on how OERs benefit student success, retention, and persistence as well as how to find resources in the Open Textbook Network.

GTC OER Awards and Resources: An Overview (21:17)
2022 webinar by GTC Learning Resources director Tara Weekes and GTC librarian Michelle Rubino to learn more about the GTC OER awards application process and how to navigate through a variety of OER collections to find potential course materials.

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