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Open Educational Resources: Introduction

How to find, adopt, adapt, and create open educational resources.

What's In This Guide

This guide is a quick start to finding, evaluating, adopting, adapting, and creating open educational resources.

OAPEN Open Access Books Toolkit

OAPEN Open Access Books Toolkit

This toolkit is a free-to-access resource that aims to help academic book authors to better understand open access book publishing, and to promote and increase trust in open access books. This toolkit may also be of use to stakeholders including publishers, universities, research funders and research institutions. You will be able to find relevant articles on open access book publishing following the research lifecycle, by browsing frequently asked questions or by searching with keywords.

The OAPEN open access books toolkit offers a coherent set of more than 30 individual articles addressing various topics related to open access books such as:

  • What is open access?
  • Common misconceptions about open access
  • Copyright and licensing
  • Funding
  • Quality assurance
  • Publishing options
  • Discoverability & impact

The OER Starter Kit

The OER Starter Kit

Author: Abbey Elder

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Book Description: This starter kit has been created to provide instructors with an introduction to the use and creation of open educational resources (OER). The text is broken into five sections: Getting Started, Copyright, Finding OER, Teaching with OER, and Creating OER. Although some chapters contain more advanced content, the starter kit is primarily intended for users who are entirely new to Open Education. [Version 1.1. Revised September 5th, 2019.]

The OER Starter Kit by Abbey K. Elder is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License, except where otherwise noted.

Library Support

The Gordon Library is ready to help you use open educational resources in your courses. We can help you:

  • Find OER for a specific course or topic
  • Publish course materials you create as OER
  • Determine copyright, licensing, and reuse rights for OER you use or create
  • Identify support at WPI or funding opportunities for creating your own OER

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Unless otherwise specified, this work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License.