"In this webinar, Michelle Barron-Lutzross of bepress Consulting Services discusses ways to integrate OER into the institutional repository, a strategy that allows libraries to play a pivotal role in the success of OER on campus. She parses recent research on OER, describes strategies for faculty awareness and engagement, and shares examples from successful OER collections in several IRs."
Students spend a lot of money on textbooks. Alternatives to the expensive textbooks that come from commercial publishers are open educational resources, or OER. But, are these free resources as effective or of the same quality as textbooks? The research says yes. This video summarizes the available research synthesized in Hilton, J. (2016) Open educational resources and college textbook choices: a review of research on efficacy and perceptions. Education Tech Research and Development, 64(4), 573 - 590.
Sponsored by the Institute for the Study of Knowledge Management in Education (IKSKME). The OER Commons provides a platform for the creation, review, and use of OER resources for all levels. Site includes textbooks, lesson plans, activities/labs, lectures, syllabi, interactive, and other types of sources.
Developed by the California State University Center for Distributed Learning and now run by a consortium of universities, this system hosts OER content that is peer-reviewed and for higher education. This site has textbooks and many other resource types. Each item is reviewed by a peer-reviewer and by individuals.
Open textbooks are textbooks that have been funded, published, and licensed to be freely used, adapted, and distributed. These books have been reviewed by faculty from a variety of colleges and universities to assess their quality. These books can be downloaded for no cost, or printed at low cost. All textbooks are either used at multiple higher education institutions; or affiliated with an institution, scholarly society, or professional organization.
Openly Available Sources Integrated Search (OASIS) is a search tool that aims to make the discovery of open content easier. OASIS currently searches open content from 78 different sources and contains 317,311 records.
OASIS is being developed at SUNY Geneseo's Milne Library.
This system includes not only textbooks but supplementary materials such as homework exercises, worksheets, visualizations, simulations, exemplars/case studies, and experiments. They also map for purchase textbooks and create free textbooks using the outlines of commercial books.