Australian support for OER adoption
What does the literature say?
NMC Horizon Report - proliferation of OERs (p.14)
Every School has a designated Librarian who has a deeper understanding of the discipline area and protocols and expectations for students. A meeting with your Liaison Librarian will introduce you to the most appropriate open educational resources and how to use them.
Watch this short video 'Understanding OER'
Open Educational Resources (OERs) are teaching and learning materials which have been made freely available for use and adaptation.
OERs are not just textbooks - they can also be videos, images, lesson plans, worksheets, assessments, courses, software, and more. Essentially, OERs are free for everyone to engage with. How they are engaged with depends on the type of resource.
In order for something to be an “OER” it should be openly licensed and meet the 5Rs.
You should be able to:
Note that OERs are often licensed under a Creative Commons licence. You can learn more about Creative Commons licences under 'What is Creative Commons?'.
The adoption of OER “presents the opportunity for instructors to rethink their pedagogies and for institutions to shape how teaching and learning is connected to the broader institutional strategy” (2020 NMC Horizon Report).
So, what can I do with OERs? You could:
What about Open Access? Is this the same thing?
Not quite. Open Access (OA) generally refers to scholarly outputs which are made freely available, allowing any user to read, download, copy or distribute, without financial, legal or technical barriers (AOASG).
OERs on the other hand generally refer to teaching and learning materials which are made freely available (with an open licence, of course).
However, they often go hand-in-hand because students will need to access journal articles, and current research in their field, to complete their studies.
There’s more information about Open Access on the USC Open Access Library Guide. If you’re interested in Open Access publishing, contact your Liaison Librarian or Rebecca Cooke, Coordinator, Research Collections.
If you’d like to know more about OERs or need some help finding the right OERs for your course, contact your Liaison Librarian or Sam Elkington-Dent, Information Officer (Copyright and Compliance).