OER, Part I: Exploring Open Educational Resources

Track : Online Tools

Levels : Beginner,Intermediate,Advanced
Eligible for Online Teaching Certificate elective : Yes

The term open educational resources (OER) was first adopted by UNESCO in 2002 to describe materials used to support education that can be freely accessed, reused, modified, and shared in order to improve the quality of curricula and teaching and reduce costs. In this workshop, you will learn where to find high quality, openly licensed materials and how to reuse them. We will also cover creative commons licensing, attribution of open educational resources, and accessibility considerations.

Note: This workshop is eligible for a digital badge for participants who complete both workshops in the OER series. Upon completion of the two workshops, participants should contact id@onlinelearning-c.org to notify. A badge will be issued after confirming that all requirements have been met.


Learning Objectives

  • Identify various open educational resources and motivations for using them

  • Identify collections of OER relevant to your own course(s) and academic discipline

  • Analyze best practices for finding and adopting open educational resources

  • Distinguish among the different OER permissions for adoption, attribution, and reuse

  • Evaluate OER using appropriate standards and criteria

Prerequisite: None


This workshop is a three day long, asynchronous learning experience beginning on a Monday and ending the following Sunday. The workshop will require approximately 6-8 hours of work, including reading research-based articles, viewing presentations, engaging in online discussion forums, and submitting assignments. Total length of time to completion: 7 days.

Who should attend?

  • Faculty
  • Instructional designers
  • Educational technologists
  • Librarians

What are the key takeaways from this workshop?

  • A general overview of what Open Educational Resources (OER) are, the various types, and where you can locate them
  • A better understanding of open textbooks and ways to adopt them in the classroom
  • How to apply a Creative Commons license to an OER
  • An overview of technical accessibility in relation to OER


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Refund Policy
If you register and pay for a OLC workshop and are unable to enroll (due to personal schedule conflicts, illness, etc), we will be happy to apply your payment to another OLC workshop in the same calendar year upon your written request to workshop@onlinelearning-c.org. No refunds will be given.