What is an open educational resource?
Open Educational Resources (OER) are teaching and learning materials that are free of copyright or license and publicly available online for anyone to use. OERs include full courses, course modules, lectures, lesson plans, homework assignments, tests, lab and classroom activities, games, simulations, and more.
OERs can be correlated to existing curriculum maps and used to supplement or reinforce lesson plans. Some best practices for the curation of open educational resources include:
- Consider contexts of the content
- Identify the type of resource (media, text, or classroom materials)
- Validate the resource based on core competencies, outcomes, and/or objectives
- Evaluate the resource based on the 5 Rs criteria: retention, reuse, revise, remix, and redistribute
View the video below to learn more about OERs and how they can be correlated to your existing curriculum.
- Tie to standards or lesson plans