Provide your students an alternative to expensive textbooks by following these steps:
Adapting / Authoring:
To adopt an OER as is, you can simply add the link to the syllabus and emphasize it's FREE or low-cost to buy a print.
If you have authored an OER, there are platforms that allow the content that is created to be stored and accessed.
It's ok to keep copies of your OER in your course, but that should not be the only place. Learning Management Systems like Moodle don't allow public access and aren't set up for organization and searching that way.
You may need to provide access in three ways:
Saint Mary's College has an Institutional Repository, SMC Digital Commons. OERs may be housed, uploaded and accessed through this platform.
OER platforms aggregators such as OER Commons and MERLOT have free content builders for the creation of lessons, courses, and other types of OERs to facilitate discovery by other educators. Other options are Open Textbook Library and Pressbooks.
The creator of any original creative work, including educational resources, holds copyright to the tangible form of the work as a default.
To enable others to use your OERs, license your work properly, either designated as Public Domain or licensed under a Creative Commons license.
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