What is OER?Intellus Learning recognizes the UNESCO definition of OER: Open Educational Resources (OER) are teaching, learning or research materials that are in the public domain or released with intellectual property licenses that facilitate the free use, adaptation and distribution of resources.
There are a number of benefits to using OER:
Why use OER?
- Cost savings for students
- Perpetual access allows students to prepare prior to the course and retain knowledge after the course
- Materials can be infinitely customizable to suit the needs of the course
- Variety of content types can appeal to various learning styles
How to use OER?*
- Find content that meets your institution's or grant's copyright standards (Intellus Learning can filter content by digital rights to make isolating the appropriate resources easier.)
- Consider using content that has been vetted by other educators (For each resource, Intellus Learning provides faculty with the number of times a resource has been used in a course and the average educator and student ratings. The Intellus Digital Library also includes journal articles from library database for additional peer-reviewed content options.)
- Include a mix of resource types (Resources in Intellus Learning span over 50 resource types, including reports, articles, web pages, videos, ebooks, and more, making it easy to filter for various types of content.)
- Determine how to share content with students (Resources found and organized in Intellus Learning can be integrated into courses in any learning management system.)
*Adapted from "A Guide to Using OER in the Classroom"