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Open Educational Resources

Welcome to Ivy Tech's Open Education Repository

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Since 2013, OERs have saved Ivy Tech students thousands of dollars and provided relevant, high quality curriculum for classes. According to Ivy Tech policy, Ivy Tech’s curriculum committees may identify only 5 commercial textbook titles per course. In 2015, the college took the stance that OER did not count toward the 5 titles and could be added as additional titles. This allowed for Ivy Tech approved OERs to be added to the booklist and made more available for faculty use. More OERs are being developed each semester. They may be found on the Lumen Learning's webpage for Ivy Tech OERs

Within this guide you will find:

  • Definitions and the benefits of OERs
  • Resources -  Open textbooks, Subject materials
  • Licensing Information and Know Hows
  • Faculty support
  • Current information about OERs in education

 

 

Open Education Resources (OERs) Defined

Open educational resources (OER) are teaching, learning, and research resources that reside in the public domain or have been released under a copyright license that permits anyone to freely use and repurpose them. Open educational resources include full courses, course materials, modules, textbooks, streaming videos, tests, journal articles, and any other tools or materials used to support learning. (Lumen Learning)

Open Educational Resources are teaching, learning, and research resources that reside in the public domain or have been released under an intellectual property license that permits their free use and repurposing by others. OER include full courses, course materials, modules, textbooks, streaming videos, tests, software, and any other tools, materials, or techniques used to support access to knowledge.  (The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation)

"Open Educational Resources (OERs) are any type of educational materials that are in the public domain or introduced with an open license. The nature of these open materials means that anyone can legally and freely copy, use, adapt and re-share them. OERs range from textbooks to curricula, syllabi, lecture notes, assignments, tests, projects, audio, video and animation." (UNESCO).

"Open Educational Resources are teaching and learning materials that you may freely use and reuse, without charge. OER often have a Creative Commons or GNU license that state specifically how the material may be used, reused, adapted, and shared." (OER Commons)