For this week’s edition of Magna Mondays, we chose a 20-Minute Mentor all about Open Educational Resources: “How Will OER Benefit the 21st Century Student?” presented by Erik Christensen (Dean, Applied Sciences and Technologies, South Florida State College).

You can access the video in 20-Minute Mentor Commons in the Chapman University Magna Campus.

What are OER?

OER (Open Educational Resources) are teaching and learning resources that can be legally shared, copied, and distributed at little to no cost.  There are many different types of OER, such as:

  • Images
  • Videos
  • Assignments and activities
  • E-books, open textbooks, and chapters from textbooks
  • Infographics
  • Podcasts
  • Assessments
  • Full courses or elements of courses

How do OER compare with traditional educational resources?

Like traditional educational resources, OER are written and reviewed by experts.  Many OER also come with support materials, such as supplemental videos, assignments, and test banks.  One major difference between traditional educational resources and OER is the cost of the materials for students.  On average, using OER reduces the total cost of a course by one-third, which is exciting for students and can lead to an increase in enrollment.

Where can I find OER?

An excellent starting point is the Chapman University LibGuide for Open Educational Resources (OER), where you can search for open textbooks and OER by discipline and by type.

How can I learn more about OER?

Join us for the upcoming OER Friday Happy Hour series to learn more about the pedagogical possibilities and cost-saving potential of OER.  By signing up for at least one event, you will be enrolled in the OER Learning Community Canvas Den.

Sign up here!

Wishing you a wonderful week!