Consider OER

Presentation to online faculty to consider adopting open educational in their online course.

We are excited to have you work with BYU Online to develop your online course.  This presentation is to give you a very brief overview of the benefits of using OER to you and your students. 

Open Educational Resources (OER) are learning, teaching and research materials in any format and medium that reside in the public domain or are under copyright that have been released under an open license.

One important component of OER is what is called the 5 R’s.  OER allows you to Retain Revise Remix Reuse and Redistribute 

As we talk about some important components of OER we will use the COUP framework to illustrate some of the impacts that the adoption of OER has in higher education.  Coup stands for Cost Outcomes Usage and Perceptions,

Cost is one of the most impactful and easily recognized benefits of OER.   Here a just a few stats about high textbook cost.

We know it is important than you know how student outcomes compare when using OER.  Multiple studies have shown that the use of OER improves or does not decrease student learning. 

We know it is important for educators to understand how students are experiencing their online class.  The use of OER can help provide more information on how resources are being utilized.

Do you want to know how other faculty and students perceive open resources and Here are just a few finding:

Decreasing cost to underserved students, improving usability and increasing the voice of the marginalized are a few ways that OER improves equity

Have you heard about open pedagogy.  Using this approach in teaching allows students to help create materials, they can also remix and reuse existing materials in a course. 

We recognize that there are challenges in adopting OER We can help you find a starting point that is right for you and help you let your department know about the value of this practice. 

We have given you a small idea of some of the research around OER,  we would also like to encourage you to consider adding to that research

Thank you for considering OER for your course Please let us now if you would like more resources

Erin Measom

Brigham Young University

Erin is currently working as the Academic Manager for online classes at Brigham Young University. In this position she supervises over 500 teaching assistant. She loves creating programs and processes to help student's succeed and she is passionate about growing and expanding the peer support model. She is a Ph.D. candidate in the Instructional Psychology and Technology program also at BYU.

This content is provided to you freely by EdTech Books.

Access it online or download it at