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Open Educational Resources (OER)

Definitions

Open Educational Resources (OER) are "teaching, learning, and research resources that reside in the public domain or have been released under a license that permits their free use, reuse, modification, and sharing with others." (US Dept of Education, 2017). OER come in many types and formats of resources including:

Textbooks -- Courses -- Course Materials -- Lesson Plans

Videos -- Tests -- Software -- & more!


ODU POLICY:  Course Materials Adoption Policy  (approved April 25, 2019)

In accordance with the Code of Virginia §23.1-1038, it is the policy of Old Dominion University to encourage efforts to minimize the cost of course materials for students while maintaining the quality of education and academic freedom. In addition, pursuant to §23.1- 1308, Old Dominion University shall implement guidelines for the adoption and use of low-cost and no-cost open educational resources in courses offered at the University.

A Review of the Effectiveness & Perceptions of Open Educational Resources As Compared to Textbooks, Open Education Group, 2016

The 5Rs define the ways OER can be used:

  1. Retain: Make, own, and control copies of the content
  2. Reuse: Use the content in a variety of ways
  3. Revise: Adapt, adjust, modify, improve, or alter the content
  4. Remix: Combine the original or revised content with other OER to create something new
  5. Redistribute: Share copies of the original content, your revisions, or your remixes with others

Affordable Course Content (ACC) are materials that are available at varying cost levels to the student, ranging from full cost to no cost. Library Resources, free to students, are useful and available as affordable course content. See the Affordable Course Content via Library Resources tab to the left. 

 

Open pedagogy is the practice of engaging with students as creators of information rather than simply consumers of it. It's a form of experiential learning in which students demonstrate understanding through the act of creation. The products of open pedagogy are student created and openly licensed so that they may live outside of the classroom in a way that has an impact on the greater community. Open projects frequently result in the creation of open educational resources (OER). (UTA Libraries)


More about Open Pedagogy:  

Course Materials Adoption Policy

In accordance with the Code of Virginia §23.1-1038, it is the policy of Old Dominion University to encourage efforts to minimize the cost of course materials for students while maintaining the quality of education and academic freedom. In addition, pursuant to §23.1- 1308, Old Dominion University shall implement guidelines for the adoption and use of low-cost and no-cost open educational resources in courses offered at the University.

As a member of the Virtual Library of Virginia (VIVA):

  1. Adopt: Those who "adopt" a resource will be using existing resource(s) as-is or with minimal editorial changes.
  2. Adapt: Those who "adapt" will be modifying resource(s), combining several existing resources with changes, or creating ancillaries for an existing resource. This includes resources created through the curation of currently available material.
  3. Create: Those who "create" an OER resource will be creating the content all or largely from scratch.

ODU Digital Commons, the institutional repository at Old Dominion University, can host your OER materials.


Resources:

https://www.richmond.com/opinion/columnists/brian-k-payne-column-opening-education-resources-for-college-students/article_5a795e5c-60d8-5e8a-b311-d111a6a56f5b.html

 

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