Open Educational Resources (OERs)
Open Educational Resources are freely available and accessible resources, used for educational purposes. This can include open textbooks, open access journals, and any course material that can be shared and edited by others. There are two key benefits to these resources: accessibility and pedagogy.
OER Benefits to students: increased accessibility of education
- Remove financial barriers by replacing expensive textbooks and course resources
- Encourage students not to forego buying expensive textbooks or to buy outdated editions
- If students are more likely to access a resource, they are more likely to use it and learn from it
OER Benefits to students and faculty: enhanced pedagogy
- Rather than adapting courses to fit existing resources, OERs can be molded to fit a course
- Because anyone can edit and distribute open resources, faculty can involve students in creation and dissemination of knowledge for genuine audiences
- Assigning more accessible resources adapted for specific courses demonstrates that professors care, fostering positive classroom environments
Some examples of UBC courses and departments using open textbooks and OERs (including some OERs developed on campus!):
- Open Textbook used in Physics 100
- Open Textbook used in Chemistry 211
- UBC Math Department Wiki
- Open Textbook developed for and used in Classical Studies 260
Some examples of UBC courses using “open pedagogy”:
- Spanish 312, using Wikipedia for course assignments
- Food, Nutrition, and Health 200, in which students create course assignments on the UBC Wiki platform
- Medical Genetics 421, in which honours students developed an open textbook for the course
There are many more examples of open practice in all types of courses—email firstname.lastname@example.org if you’d like to hear about some examples of courses more like your own.
How do you get involved?
- Come see us in front of the bookstore in the first week of the term to participate in our #textbookbrokeBC campaign; see some examples of student participation from Term 1 on the AMS Facebook page
- Want to help us spread the message about OERs to your professors? Check out this pamphlet for some recommendations
- Read about BCCampus’ Open Textbook initiative and find some examples of open textbooks at http://open.bccampus.ca/open-textbook-101/
- For further resources to get started in your own course, see the UBC Library guide at http://guides.library.ubc.ca/open_education; contact a librarian for more personalized support finding course resources
- Find some more examples of open practices at http://open.ubc.ca/
- Solicit feedback from your students about how course resources can be improved
Come see us in front of the bookstore in the first week to participate in our #textbookbrokeBC campaign, and stay tuned for more information on this page as to how you can be involved in promoting Open Educational Resources on the UBC Vancouver campus.
What is the AMS doing about this?
Want to run your own #textbookbroke campaign?
Check out our bookmark, poster, and communications plan, and DIY!
If you would like to adapt these resources for use on your own campus, contact email@example.com.