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Our Journey with OERs

by Wendy Torres

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Our Journey into Course Redesign with OERs
By Wendy Torres
Coppin State University
Senior Instructional and Digital Accessibility Specialist
Twitter Handle: @Tech_snacks
Text version with linked resources
MP3 of video file and transcript
Summer Workshop/PD Opportunity
-This hands-on, interactive workshop discussed the strategies for creating an OER course from scratch.
-Participants recieved a Certificate of Completion and Digital Badge for completion of workshop.
- Participants also recieved support throughout the semester to implement OER in their course.
-Workshop was virtual, ran from 10:00am-12:00pm for 3 days.
Day 1
Started the workshop off by having participants take a Pre-Test.
Pre-Test showed that Faculty members needed clarification about what is considered OER and what is considered Open Access.
With OER you are free to:

“Reuse – the right to reuse the content in its unaltered / verbatim form (e.g., make a digital copy of the content)
Revise – the right to adapt, adjust, modify, or alter the content itself (e.g., translate the content into another language or modify a learning activity)
Remix – the right to combine the original or revised content with other content to create something new (e.g., incorporate the content into a mashup)
Redistribute – the right to share copies of the original content, your revisions, or your remixes with others (e.g., give a copy of the content to a friend)
Retain – the right to make, own and control copies of the content.
—David Wiley[1]
image of creative commons licenses levels
Three types of Open Courses you can offer students
1) Fully OER: All material in course is licensed under Creative Commons Licenses ( or Public Domain) and openly available over an Internet Connection. Material follows the 5 Rs: Reuse, Revise, Remix Redistribute ,Retain

2) OER low cost: Most of the material is openly licensed. Some material like a textbook or add-ons, however may not be free, but the cost to the student cannot exceed $40 total for course materials. If the textbook is low cost but not Openly Licensed, then you cannot say the course is OER low cost.
Three types of Open Courses you can offer students
3) Z-courses( Zero cost to student) : Material in the course contains both Openly licensed material as well as paid subscription services. Remember, OER content has to follow the 5r (reuse, revise, remix, redistribute and retain)

Paid subscription services like databases or video repositories are paid by the institution and are not open to the public. However, the students do not have to pay to use the services.

If you have this kind of course, you need to make sure you attribute the materials and abide by the licensing regulations of the subscription services. Note, however, that this course cannot be listed or classified as an OER course.