We believe that Open Educational Resources (OERs) are the future of education, and that learners and educators everywhere benefit from their proliferation and use. The goals of OER-101 include defining OERs, demonstrating how to create and interact with them, and exploring how to include them in the teaching and learning processes. The course materials have been designed and chosen with practicality, simplicity, and applicability in mind. Participants in the course are strongly encouraged to submit the OERs they develop to an OER repository under a Creative Commons license.
OER-101 is an open, self-paced online community course that has been built to demonstrate how to find, adapt, and develop OERs step-by-step. These OER are openly licensed for reuse, usually through a Creative Commons license, which allows them to be integrated into any type of learning environment, including being printed and bound.
The course is organized into five “pursuits,” each of which represents one facet of the world of OERs. Participants are encouraged to complete all of the pursuits by following the suggested course progression, but each pursuit can also be completed individually.
For evaluation and feedback, OER-101 will employ a badging system powered by Mozilla Open Badges. The exploration of badging within the course is funded by a SUNY Innovative Instruction Technology Grant. Participants will earn badges by completing the course pursuits and will receive a ‘master badge’ for course completion. Additionally, OER-101 will utilize a community learning model informed by a facilitation method established by Philyse Banner at the American Public University System.
The results from this course will be documented within the SUNY Learning Commons.
Beth Burns — Instructional Designer, Buffalo State; Adjunct English Instructor, Genesee Community College
Mark McBride — Coordinator of Library Instruction and Coordinator of Library Liaison Program
Kathleen Stone — Coordinator for Curriculum and Instructional Design for the Science, Math, and Technology area in the center for Distance Learning at Empire State College
Sarah Morehouse — Information Resources Coordinator (Librarian) at Empire State College
Patrice Torcivia — Instructor with SUNY Empire State College Center for Distance Learning and International Programs