Open Educational Resources are educational materials and resources offered freely and openly for anyone to use. In addition to this guide, we recommend you also check out a related OER site, Textbook Affordability at UMD.
Academic Commons is dedicated to the development of free web-based resources for academic professionals focusing on liberal arts education via digital tools. The news aggregator showcases current developments and projects in the open education community.
Numerous blogs, discussion forums, and sharing platforms exist for those interested in using, creating, or advocating for Open Educational Resources.
This workshop, a MOOC, is aimed at faculty considering an open textbook adoption for their course. While the course finished on February 6, 2015 the contents of the course and the archive of the weekly webinars will remain open and archived on P2Pu.
Bliss, TJ, T. Jared Robinson, John Hilton, & David A. Wiley. (n.d.). An OER COUP: College Teacher and Student Perceptions of Open Educational Resources | Bliss | Journal of Interactive Media in Education. Retrieved November 7, 2013, from http://www-jime.open.ac.uk/article/2013-04/html
Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development., & Centre for Educational Research and Innovation. (2007). Giving knowledge for free: The emergence of open educational resources. Paris, France: Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development. http://umaryland.worldcat.org/oclc/144608345
Robinson, J., Fischer, L., Wiley, D., & Hilton, J. (2014). The Impact of Open Textbooks on Secondary Science Learning Outcomes.<http://edr.sagepub.com/content/43/7/341> Educational Researcher, 43(7).
Wiley, D., Green, C., & Soares, L. (2012). Dramatically Bringing down the Cost of Education with OER: How Open Education Resources Unlock the Door to Free Learning. Center for American Progress. Available: http://files.eric.ed.gov/fulltext/ED535639.pdf