Exploring Open Educational Resources (Part 1)

Track : Online Tools
Delivery Mode : Asynchronous Workshop
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.

Learning Objectives

  • Identify open educational resources and motivations for using them
  • Describe open licenses and how they enable re-use of educational resources
  • Analyze best practices for finding and adopting open educational resources

Prerequisite: None


This workshop is a three day long, asynchronous learning experience beginning on a Wednesday and ending the following Friday. 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: 3 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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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.