Open Education Week 2020: Welcome!

Join us to Celebrate & Learn about Open Licenced Learning Resources

OERs and YOU

DEMYSTIFYING Open Educational Resources (OERs)

Wednesday March 4th @ 12
Click here to listen to the recorded presentation!

NSCC's theme for this international week of celebrating OPEN Educational Resources (OER) was Demystifying Open.

  • Have you heard the term Open Educational Resources?
  • Do you wonder if it means what you think?
  • Do you have questions about OERs and how they relate to your teaching and learning practice?

You are not alone. Let's demystify OERs together and learn how we can become OER champions.

We discussed:

  • Why OER?
  • How OERs support Open Pedagogy
  • How OERs differ from free resources
  • Open & the Creative Commons Licence
  • Where to find OER

Image Credit: Scott Cowen CC BY

"Open Education encompasses resources, tools and practices that are free of legal, financial and technical barriers and can be fully used, shared and adapted in the digital environment. Open Education maximizes the power of the internet to make education more affordable, accessible and effective."

 ~ SPARK ~ the Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition

NSCC Open Educational Resources (OER) Guide

Need more comprehensive information about Open Educational Resources and information about how to find them?

Check out NSCC's Open Educational Resource (OER) Guide

How is NSCC using OERs right now?

View a list of Open Textbooks currently being used in NSCC courses on the NSCC Open Textbook page.
All of the textbook content boxes on this page can be embedded into a Brightspace course.


> Impact!
Adapting, creating and sharing OER increases dissemination of your work.

> Freedom
Finding, adapting, and creating OER gives you more freedom in your course design by providing opportunities for you to customize and localize your content to the needs of your students.

> Innovation
Open teaching practices allow you to tailor your courses to current research, align outcomes, and engage students as learning partners and co-creators.

> Success
OER ensures that students have the current and relevant course materials they need from day one of the course – they don’t have to spend time searching for older editions, rental options, or other ways of “sharing” textbooks –allowing them to get to work on your course.

CC BY Scott Cowan

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The OER Adoption Impact Calculator helps you understand many of the potential impacts of adopting OER instead of traditionally copyrighted learning materials. The values in the Settings on the left are set to defaults based on the published research referenced below. Change the Settings on the left so that they match your classes in order to see how replacing traditionally copyrighted materials with OER might benefit your students and the College. The information below will update in real time as you make changes. Wiley, D. (2018). The OER Adoption Impact Calculator.


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A Powerful Resource

OERs are a powerful resource. They are free to use and don’t require permissions. They can be any kind of learning and teaching resource (textbooks, lesson plans, assignments, test banks etc) in any format (digital or print). What they have in common is an open copyright licence that allows the content to be modified, adapted, shared and redistributed.

This means you can give a digital OER to students for FREE. Yes … zero, no cost! Print versions are also possible and can be printed and shared on a cost recovery basis, a huge benefit for students struggling with the high cost of education.

Open is flexible and adaptable. The open licence allows instructors to use the resource as is, or mix and match with chapters from other OERs to create a new resource based on course outcomes. An OER can also be customized by adding local content or visuals. The key point here is that OERs give the power to you. You have flexibility to make the content relevant to your teaching and course(s).