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PIlot Project -- Open Educational Resources (OER)

Created to share NSCC OER pages in editing per-publishing phase.

What is Open Source?

This term originated to describe open software and open computer code.

Open Source is used to describe the open copyright licensing of computer software or code. "Software with source code that anyone can inspect, modify, and enhance."

Open Source by Opensource.com CC-BY-SA.

Copyright Officer

Lynn MacGregor
Contact:
Phone: 902-491-7477
Cell: 902-221-0773
lynn.macgregor@nscc.ca

Director of Library Services

 

Contact Info
Director, Library Services
Nova Scotia Community College
Institute of Technology Campus
Halifax, NS
902-491-6772

Open Educational Resources (OER)

Open Education Resources(OER),
Open Access and Open Source

Terms used for content that the creators have chosen to share with an open copyright model of licensing.

OPEN ... they can be copied and shared without permission or fees, as opposed to the traditional "all rights reserved" approach to copyright ownership, where the creator sells their work and requires permission for copying and use outside of purchasing.

Credit the creator! Open doesn't mean no attribution. Attribution and and agreeing to share the content forward is usually a requirement for use of OER material.

Open Educational Resources (OER)

Any type of educational teaching materials created with an open copyright license.

Key Features:

  • Free to legally copy, use, revise, adapt and re-share.
  • OERs can include a variety of teaching materials including curriculum, course outlines, textbooks, teaching notes, assignments, tests and projects.
  • Not format specific -- can include print, digital, audio, video or animation.
  • Attribution and sharing the content are almost always requirements

Licensing

  • True OER are free of most copyright and licensing restrictions
  • Terms of Use statements or a Creative Commons license provide guidance on how the content can be used.
  • Creative Commons licenses ~ help creators license their content with sharing models to choose from.
  • Check license terms for any restrictions

This image was created by Opensource.com and is licensed using the creative commons CC-BY-SA license . Use of the CC licence symbol on the image provides a visual indicator/ cue to the intent to share.

Sharing Open Ideas by Opensource.com, CC-BY-SA.

  • CC = Creative Commons
  • BY = Who is the image by ~ Give credit to the creator
  • SA = Share Alike ~ You agree to share the content forward.

Open Education Resources

Why Open Education Matters by BlinkTower. CC-BY-SA

This video is the FIRST place winner in a 2012 contest to create a short video that explains the benefits and promise of Open Educational Resources for teachers, students and schools everywhere. The contest was sponsored by Creative Commons, the U.S. Department of Education, and the Open Society Foundations.

The 4 Rs of OER

The 4 Rs of OER. By Nadia Mireles CC-BY-SA

4Rs or 5?

* Reuse * Redistribute * Remix * Revise ...

and * Retain

David Wiley (the creator of  the 4Rs framework) added a 5th R seven years after the original framework was introduced:

Retain ~ the right to make, own, and control copies of the content.

What is Open Access?

The term Open Access is often used in reference to scholarly journals and academic research and is strongly linked to the movement to make research results and academic papers open and freely accessible.

Open Access (2010) by Canadian Association of Research Libraries. CC-BY-NC.

What is Open Source?

Open Source Basics (2014) by Sarah Moyle, Intel Open Source Technology Center.