This guide equips faculty with the tools to uncover, evaluate, and make the most of Open Educational Resources (OERs).

Why are you considering a move to OER?

Things to consider when beginning your move to using Open Educational Resources (OER) in your course. Ideally, you will consider the following BEFORE starting your OER search.

  1. What are your course description and objectives as they appear on the course charter? 
  2. Identify your estimated cost savings based on the most recent cost of the texts being replaced with OER and the average student enrollment in the past year of teaching this course. 
  3. Identify ways you will ensure that OER are accessible to all students. 
  4. Address ways the OER will reduce the digital divide and offer universal design opportunities by selecting a wide range of resource types to meet learner’s needs. 
  5. Identify ways the OER will reflect diverse representation so all learners can see themselves represented in the course. 
  6. Identify the overall impact the adoption of OER will have on the course and students.
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