Getting Started with OER
Now that you know a bit more about OER it is time to get started. The following are considerations for implementing OER in a course.
- Determine what areas of your course or program would benefit from OER. Where do you want to make the changes?
- Consult with the program coordinator, other faculty teaching the same course, and/or your Dean/Associate Dean to discuss if an OER is a good fit for the course. Obtaining buy-in from the start is critical to an OER project.
- Connect with the library or LLAE for help in finding OER. Use the repositories listed in the Finding OER section of this site.
- Evaluate the OER. Here are some questions to consider
- Does it meet the course learning outcomes?
- Does it meet students’ learning needs? (e.g. multimedia options, interactivity)
- Is the content accurate and level appropriate?
- Does it provide a Canadian context, if required?
- Review the evaluating section of this site for more details about quality, relevance and accessibility
- Adopt or Adapt? Can you adopt the OER as is? Do you need to make any adaptations? Can you mix and match a few OERs to meet your needs?
- Use – how will students use and/or access the OER. Is there a link that can be posted in the LMS. Are there print options that students should be aware of?