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Open Educational Resources (OER)

Introduction to basic OER concepts, how to find and incorporate them into your course, creating and modifying OER, and getting UofM training on OER

Incorporating OER

If you have located a document by accessing one of the University Libraries OER databases, a best practice is to share the permalink - the stable link to the document - with your students. By offering the link instead of the downloaded document, you allow the University Libraries to track total usage of various databases and journals to which the UofM subscribes and to keep them readily available as part of the University's repertoire of research tools.

This video demonstrates where to locate these links and how to share them. 

Fundamentals of Accessibility & OER

As with other pedagogical approaches to course curriculum, faculty need to consider the accessibility of Open Educational Resources before and during the process of incorporating them into their classes. In the future, University Libraries will coordinate with the Disability Resources for Students (DRS) office to provide additional information regarding various tips for ensuring accessibility for all students. 

In the meantime, the (DRS) office has provided University faculty with a series of videos that demonstrate how they can access the DRS portal for the purposes of obtaining a list of students registered with DRS, uploading course syllabi and exams, and establishing the parameters for students' exams as supported by DRS. 

BCCampus OER Accessibility Toolkit

WAVE: Web Accessibility Evaluation Tool

Introducing Your Students to OER

Your students may not be familiar with OER, why you are using them, and how using them might be different than a traditional textbook. It will make it easier on you and on your students if you discuss the course's OER.  

Things you might cover include:

  • Why you are using OER and how that benefits them
  • How to access the course OER
  • Basic technical requirements, such as software needed and if continuous internet access is necessary
  • Tools for taking notes in the OER

One option for introducing your course's OER would be adapt the slides below and present them on the first day of class.

This guide was created by Dr. Meredith Heath Boulden on behalf of the University of Memphis Libraries and is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License    unless otherwise noted. This guide is currently maintained by Carl Hess