Transforming Teaching And Learning With Open Educational Resources (OER) from Innovative Educators
View this webinar with your colleagues from the Faculty Teaching and Learning Center in L-152, Friday May 11th 10am – 11:30am

A Revolution in Learning: Community College Consortium for Open Education Resources with James Glapa-Grossklag and Una Daly
Wed, 05/02/2012 - 12:00pm - 1:00pm (Pacific Time)
A decade ago, MIT Open Courseware ignited an open education revolution sharing lectures and course syllabi online and thousands of colleges and universities joined worldwide. Fast-forward to 2012, more and more community colleges are producing and adopting open educational resources (OER) as a way to reduce student cost and increase access. Hear about different OER projects and explore options to “open” your classroom practices to improve student learning and enhance your teaching.

The First Annual Open Education Week
was March 5-10, 2012
http://www.openeducationweek.org/ The purpose of Open Education Week is to raise awareness of the open education movement and its impact on teaching and learning worldwide. 

Introduction to OER

Vision and Rationale      |      What is OER?      |    Articles and Resources

Vision and Rationale
The open source movement in computer software has run parallel to the digital revolution in the past 20 years. The grass roots development of software where the source code is available to all has been one of the social phenomena that have kept the Internet relatively free from commercial enterprise. Some estimate that this saves consumers $60 billion a year. In the spirit of public collaboration, users improve upon and redesign already existing computer programs or Web sites. These collaborators have laid the groundwork for educators to follow their model to create free instructional content for students.

The new Open Educational Resources movement creates a way for us to make textbook affordable to LBCC students, but it also entails many more benefits for students as well at the global community.

An added benefit for LBCC is that faculty can share original instructional material, content and class activities within the college community to create a knowledge base of resources that can be used by all faculty members.

Recent Open Educational Resources (OER) efforts encourage educators to share knowledge in ways that benefit teachers and students, making their learning and teaching experience more accessible and meaningful. Use of open textbooks result in reduced educational cost for students. Open courseware encourages concerted work by faculty to create content processors and content application opportunities to support meaningful student learning content across the curriculum.

Learn how you can use OER in your class, and how you can join and contribute to the global OER culture.

What is OER?

OER are educational materials offered online, freely and openly for educators, students and self-learners to use and reuse for teaching, learning and research," (Mulder).

"In a brave new world of learning, OER content is made free to use or share, and in some cases, to change and share again, made possible through licensing, so that both teachers and learners can share what they know." (from OER Commons)

Recent Resources and Articles

Open Content Licensing for Educators
One resource to learn about the global perspective is the self-paced class Open Content Licensing for Educators, sponsored by the OER Foundation and Ako Aotearoa. http://wikieducator.org/Open_content_licensing_for_educators/Home.

The Quiet Revolution in Open Learning, May 15, 2011 By Kevin Carey, http://chronicle.com/article/The-Quiet-Revolution-in-Open/127545/

Open Educational Resources as a higher education strategy for openness and social development: Global University Network for Innovation, http://www.guni-rmies.net/news/detail.php?id=1103

Open Educational Resources and the Role of the University, ANKA MULDER, Educause Review Magazine, Volume 46, Number 5, September/October 2011

Open Educational Resources and Higher Education, Neil Butcher — OER Strategist, OER Africa,
SAIDE, South Africa http://oerworkshop.weebly.com/uploads/4/1/3/4/4134458/03_open_educational_resources_and_higher_education.pdf

How Open Educational Resources are Changing Higher Education, August 15, 2011

In The Public Interest: Recap of the National 'Rebellion' Against High Textbook Prices
Posted: 10/19/11, http://www.huffingtonpost.com/nicole-allen/textbook-prices_b_1018705.html

The “Thirteen Repositories,” by Jacky Hood, Coordinator, Open Doors Group (November 2011) PPT
Repositories of open educational resources (OER) vary by intended audience, type of resource, discipline, ease of use, and more. One person's perfect fit may not work for someone else. Join us for this exploration of more than a dozen OER repositories and make your own decision about what will work for you and your institution. Connexions, Flat World Knowledge, OpenLearn, Orange Grove, and others will be compared and contrasted. We will also take a brief look at referatories—sites that list and link to open resources housed elsewhere (College Open Textbooks, Creative Commons, MERLOT, OER Commons, and others are in this category).
Academic Pub
Eleven Learning
FlatWorld Knowledge
Global Text Project
NROC Hippocampus
Orange Grove


Rothwell, Richard (2008-08-05). "Creating wealth with free software". Free Software Magazine. http://www.freesoftwaremagazine.com/community_posts/creating_wealth_free_software. Retrieved on 2008-09-08.

Standish Newsroom - Open Source. Press release. 2008-04-16. http://standishgroup.com/newsroom/open_source.php. Retrieved on 2008-09-08.

Open Educational Resources and the Role of the University, ANKA MULDER, Educause Review Magazine, Volume 46, Number 5, September/October 2011