As you begin to search for OER, you may find that the sheer volume of OER that is available to you may be overwhelming. Here are some ideas to be aware of that can facilitate the finding of OER for your courses.
- Spend some time considering what you you hope to accomplish through using OER.
Consider your goals - Are you attempting to find an open textbook your students can access without buying? Are you interested in locating additional materials to supplement your already established course and its materials? What you intend to do with OERs will have an impact on the resources you will use to find OERs.
Keep a record of your searches - Due to the massive amount of OER available, you may want to keep track of the sites that you have visited, the search terms that you have used, any categories you have browsed through, and the quality of the materials.
- Having a selection of terms to search for will help you find the materials you want.
Content Type - As you are developing search terms, consider the goal you are working towards. Are you searching for an OER Textbook, materials to supplement your established course, or creating a complete OER textbook yourself? Keep this in mind when developing search terms.
- While there are many different sites hosting OER content for download, which ones will contain what you are looking for will depend on a number of variables including subject area and content type.
Complete Open Courses - Use the whole course, part of the course, or just a small infographic.
OER Textbooks - Find a textbook to be used for your course, or a combination of several.
Individual Chunks - Does the textbook you are currently using not cover a particular topic? Are you wanting to create your own OER? Chances are someone has already made something that can be used, or altered to fit your purpose.
Adapted from by Abbey K. Elder & Stacy Katz, licensed CC BY 4.0 International.