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Presenters: Julian Ridden, Carrie Saarinen, Hilary Melander


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Recent studies have shown that open education resources (OER) are largely unknown to many educators. This session is perfect for anyone who needs to know where to find open content (OMG!), how to use open content (FTW!), or how to create open content (DIY).




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Welcome to OER OMG FTW DIY!  We are so happy to have you join us we are JUADLAM! (jumping up and down like a monkey)


Below you will find information on how you can prepare for this session, briefly introduce you to open education resources (OER) and to provide you with resources to help you find OER you can use today.


Pre-conference preparation:

We are thrilled to welcome you to OER OMG FTW DIY. To get the most out of our pre-conference session please (1) bring a laptop or tablet and (2) come prepared with questions about OER that you need answered.


Introduction to OER:

OER (open educational resources) refers to teaching, learning and research resources that reside in the public domain or have been released under an intellectual property license that permits their free use or re-purposing by others (Baker, 2008).


OER includes resources learning materials such as:

    • Learning objects (quizzes, crossword puzzles, flashcards, animations interactive maps timelines, etc.)
    • Audio and/or video lectures
    • Images, sounds and music
    • Entire course content, units, or modular content
    • Journal articles and institutional repositories
    • Textbooks (Baker, 2008)


Before searching for OER answer three questions:

    1. What is needed?
    2. Who is it for?
    3. How will it be used?


A Small Sample of OER Resources:


    • Directory of Open Access Journals DOAJ is an online directory that indexes and provides access to high quality, open access, peer-reviewed journals
    • ResearchGate ResearchGate is a social networking site for scientists and researchers to share papers, ask and answer questions, and find collaborators


    • OpenStax OpenStax College is a nonprofit organization committed to improving student access to quality learning materials.
    • Open Education Consortium A worldwide community of higher education institutions and associated organizations committed to advancing open education and its impact on global education
    • FlatWorldKnowledge Flat World Knowledge is a publisher of college-level textbooks and educational supplements

Courses, Course Content, Lesson Plans

    • Canvas Commons A learning object repository (LOR) where the best ideas, courses and curriculum can be freely shared — all seamlessly integrated into the Canvas LMS environment
    • Open Course Library A collection of high quality, free-to-use courses that you can download and use for teaching. All content is stored in Google docs making it easy to access, browse and download
    • The National Archives (US)  Locate teachable primary sources, lesson plans, and create activities for students
    • National Archives (UK) Locate teachable primary sources, lesson plans, and create activities for students



    • Vimeo
    • YouTube
    • National Archives (US) This library contains digital movies uploaded by Archive users which range from classic full-length films, to daily alternative news broadcasts, to cartoons and concerts.

Other related resources from Canvas


     References (or recommended reading)



OER Projects on Campus (collaborations, case studies)

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