Skip to Main Content
It looks like you're using Internet Explorer 11 or older. This website works best with modern browsers such as the latest versions of Chrome, Firefox, Safari, and Edge. If you continue with this browser, you may see unexpected results.

OERs at KCC: What is OER?

Faculty Guide

What are Open Educational Resources (OERs)?

OERs are free, re-mixable, shareable educational tools, such as textbooks and lesson plans, that faculty can adapt as they see fit. OERs’ accelerating spread across the academy is driven by licenses that permit re-use, re-production and adaptation of these tools by anyone.

  • For faculty, the benefits include unlimited flexibility in designing a text, time saved by adopting existing work, and the opportunity to contribute to open and free platforms.
  • For our students, OERs are free textbooks that offer huge savings when compared to traditional textbooks.

The following are the 5 attributes of OERs 


Interested in learning more about OERs? Here are some suggested resources:

Students

  • can take more courses and finish faster
  • will have materials on the first day
  • benefit from “localization” or customized materials
  • get to keep their learning materials
  • less debt

OER Evidence Report 2013-2014 by OERRH

  • A quality alternative to commercial textbooks
  • Students have the materials on the first day
  • More diverse content and Customizable
  • Free and low cost
  • Lower drop rates and Higher grades
  • Convenience of use
  • Increased collaboration
  • “Owning” the content

OER Evidence Report 2013-2014 by OERRH

Faculty stories from Open Education 2014 Conference

Chae and Jenkins, 2014. A Qualitative Investigation of Faculty Open Educational Resource Usage in the Washington Community and Technical College System: Models for Support and Implementation

  • Time to find or create
  • Concern about quality
  • Concern about departmental support
  • Learning curve to incorporate OER into curriculum
  • Confusion about copyright and licensing
  • Using technology
  • Does this take more time than normal class prep and, if it takes more, how can we or the college afford it?