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Open Educational Resources (OER)

This guide provides resources and tools for faculty wishing to implement open educational resources (OER) in their courses.

Creative Commons Licenses

“Creative Commons License Spectrum” by Shaddim (CC BY)

Assessing the Quality of OER

As with any teaching material, due diligence must be done when selecting OER material. Here are some resources for evaluating OER.

Achieve OER Rubrics

To help states, districts, teachers, and other users determine the degree of alignment of Open Educational Resources (OER) to college- and career-ready standards and to determine other aspects of quality of OER, Achieve has developed eight rubrics in collaboration with leaders from the OER community.

iRubric OER Rubric

Questions to ask about the OER you are thinking of using. This rubric is developed by Sarah Morehouse with help from Mark McBride, Kathleen Stone, and Beth Burns is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported License. (Information from U of I's OER LibGuide)

Integrating OER into Canvas

OER can be easily integrated into Canvas. Here are some options:

In this 9-minute video, SRJC Math faculty Dr. Jennifer Carlin-Goldberg shows how she uses Canvas Commons to import sample course shells with free OpenStax content produced by and aligned with the California Community Colleges Online Education Initiative's course design standards.