Roane State Community College

Open Educational Resources (OER)


OER Definition

“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) (opens in new window).

Open Education Resources | A Primer for TBR Librarians and Faculty (opens in new window)
The Library has collaborated with other TBR institutions to create a faculty resource for OER.

Community College Consortium for Open Educational Resources (CCCOER) (opens in new window)
Roane State is a member of the Community College Consortium for Open Educational Resources (CCCOER).  Check out their site to learn more about OER, access resources you can use in your class, and join the conversation.

RSCC Teacher Tip Thursday – Open Educational Resources in Computer Science (opens in new window)

View this archived recording of Dr. Meghabghab to hear how he uses Open Educational Resources within his courses here at RSCC. George will walk you through one of his programming courses and share how he discovered and implemented OER resources. Presenter: George Meghabghab.

SPARC Open Education Fact Sheet (opens in new window)

SPARC OER Mythbusting (opens in new window)

Creative Commons (opens in new window)

Common Craft Video: Copyright and Creative Commons (opens in new window)

Open Washington (opens in new window)

Open Washington Open Educational Resources Network features several self-paced learning modules to introduce you to OER and OER policy. The website also features resources on finding open images, textbooks, videos, and open course materials. Use the open attribution tool to cite creative commons materials that you find.

Open4Us (opens in new window)

The Open Professionals Education Network has compiled a list of resources to assist users in finding open educational resources.

Cool4Ed (opens in new window)

This site lists a variety of free and openly licensed course materials including virtual labs in different disciplines.