We usually do one of three things when we find OER: adopt, adapt, or remix. Although an open license allows for adaptation or remixing, sometimes the OER you find is fine as-is. However, as faculty well know, adopting a new resource wholesale, whether an entire textbook or one small piece of content, doesn't come without work attached. This page focuses on best practices for adopting OER.
Just as you evaluate commercially published content before using it in your course, you'll want to evaluate the OERs you find to make sure they are of high quality. Here are some factors you might want to consider:
"Open Pedagogy" refers to activities you and your students can do with openly licensed content that aren't possible with traditionally licensed content. It also refers to assignments that create lasting value after a course is over. Here are some common examples of assignments based on open pedagogy:
To learn more:
Since OERs give you license to redistribute content, you have many options for sharing OERs with your students:
If you have a professional website or a website for your course, you can post openly licensed content there.
Many faculty prefer that their students use print resources, and some students prefer to use print resources. If you wish to make print versions of open content available for your students, here are some options: