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Open Educational Resources: Using OERs

A How-to Guide for Faculty

The 5R Permissions of OERs

According to Lumen Learning, "OERs provide teachers, learners, and others with legal permissions to engage in the 5R activities":

  1. Retain - make, own, and control copies of the content
  2. Reuse - use the content in a wide range of ways
  3. Revise - adapt, adjust, modify, or alter the content
  4. Remix - combine the original or revised content with other material to create something new
  5. Redistribute - share copies of the original content, your revisions, or your remixes with others


Adopting OERs

According to the Community College Consortium for Open Educational Resources, there are 5 Steps to OER Adoption:

  1. Review the Materials

    1. ​Research all the options available and decide if it will suit your class' need.

  2. If necessary, modify the OER ​

    1. ​Depending on the license, some resources will be modifiable. This is your opportunity to make the necessary edits to the OER you've chosen.

  3. Attribution of OER

    1. Make sure to attribute the work correctly. Follow "How to attribute a Creative Commons licensed work" for attributing CC licensed materials.

  4. If needed, curriculum approval

    1. "Any institutional policies that are specific to your college district or department regarding course materials should be considered well in advance so you can make a smooth transition to OER" (CCCOER, n.d.).

  5. Delivery of OER to student

    1. ​The easiest way to deliver the material to your students is to provide a link for viewing and downloading. Most OERs are available for download in PDF, ePub, Mobi, or DAISY.