These are the PowerPoint slides from a 2023 Aurora University Faculty Symposium presentation by Evangeline Reid, MLIS.
Open Access vs. OER
Open Access (OA) materials are freely available but generally do not allow retaining, redistributing, remixing, or revising. Look for a Creative Commons License before assuming freely available material is OER.
Most digital books and articles in library databases are paid for by the library, thus creating no additional costs for students.
However, these resources are limited by restrictions from publishers and vendors.
The number of concurrent viewers may be limited
Access may change unexpectedly
Publisher embargos delay access to the most recent materials
Significant copyright limitations for sharing, printing, etc.
Items marked as Open Access in our catalog were not paid for by the library. However, unless those sources are OER, using a Creative Commons license, they are still limited by traditional copyright expectations.
This is a curated list of resources to learn more about using OER in the classroom.
What is OER?
OER stands for Open Educational Resources.
OER are openly licensed teaching and learning materials that you may use, adapt, and share at no cost to the student. They typically use Creative Commons licenses to grant these permissions to all users.
Textbooks are the best-known OER, but there are many different types of OER that you can incorporate into your instruction to supplement and complement other sources.
Creative Commons (CC) licenses allow creators to release rights to others.
Without these licenses, copyright assumes "all rights reserved." CC Licenses, in comparison, might be considered "some rights reserved." Which rights are reserved depends on the type of CC license applied.