OER @ GNTC
What is OER?
The terms "open content" and "open educational resources" describe any copyrightable work (traditionally excluding software, which is described by other terms like "open source") that is either (1) in the public domain or (2) licensed in a manner that provides users with free and perpetual permission to engage in the 5R activities:
- Retain - the right to make, own, and control copies of the content (e.g., download, duplicate, store, and manage)
- Reuse - the right to use the content in a wide range of ways (e.g., in a class, in a study group, on a website, in a video)
- Revise - the right to adapt, adjust, modify, or alter the content itself (e.g., translate the content into another language)
- Remix - the right to combine the original or revised content with other material to create something new (e.g., incorporate the content into a mashup)
- Redistribute - the right to share copies of the original content, your revisions, or your remixes with others (e.g., give a copy of the content to a friend)
What is copyright?
Copyright is a form of protection grounded in the U.S. Constitution and granted by law for original works of authorship fixed in a tangible medium of expression. Copyright covers both published and unpublished works.
What does copyright protect?
Copyright, a form of intellectual property law, protects original works of authorship including literary, dramatic, musical, and artistic works, such as poetry, novels, movies, songs, computer software, and architecture. Copyright does not protect facts, ideas, systems, or methods of operation, although it may protect the way these things are expressed.
What is Public Domain?
The term “public domain” refers to creative materials that are not protected by intellectual property laws such as copyright, trademark, or patent laws. The public owns these works, not an individual author or artist. Anyone can use a public domain work without obtaining permission, but no one can ever own it.
There are four common ways that works arrive in the public domain:
the copyright has expired
the copyright owner failed to follow copyright renewal rules
the copyright owner deliberately places it in the public domain, known as “dedication,” or
copyright law does not protect this type of work.
What is Creative Commons?
Best known for its licenses, Creative Commons is a global nonprofit organization that enables sharing and reuse of creativity and knowledge through the provision of free legal tools.
What are Creative Commons licenses?
Creative Commons licenses provide an easy way to manage the copyright terms that attach automatically to all creative material under copyright. Licenses allow material to be shared and reused under terms that are flexible and legally sound.
Open Educational Resources may be used free of charge; however, one of the most important aspects of OER usage is attribution. Licensing terms vary according to the resource, but at a minimum the resource's creator must be acknowledged.
An attribution statement should include the following:
Name of the Resource
License, Link to License Terms
A statement that the resource is a derivative work if any changes have been made
What can Library Services do to help with OER?
Assist students in accessing resources
Help faculty find alternatives to textbooks and identify existing OER materials
Advise on how to make resources more accessible
Advise on issues of copyright and Creative Commons licences
What Library Services Probably Cannot Do
Select textbook or course material
Make the final decision on the quality of a resource
Be a subject matter expert in your area
|Course||Title||OER Source||Additional Costs|
|BIOL 2113||Anatomy and Physiology I||OpenStax||Associated Lab Access Code - $59|
|BIOL 2114||Anatomy and Physiology II||OpenStax||Associated Lab Access Code - $59|
|BIOL 2117||Introductory Microbiology||OpenStax||Associated Lab Access Code - $59|
|CHEM 1211||Chemistry I||OpenStax|
|CHEM 1211L||Chemistry Lab I||Instructor Developed Content. Released text posted in course.|
|COLL 1500||College Success||SoftChalk. Seperate link for each lesson housed in Blackboard.|
|ECON 1101||Principles of Economics||OpenStax|
|EMPL 1000||Interpersonal Relat & Prof Dev||SoftChalk. Seperate link for each lesson housed in Blackboard.|
|ENGL 0090||Learning Support English||SoftChalk. Seperate link for each lesson housed in Blackboard.|
|ENGL 1005||Applied Tech Communication||SoftChalk. Seperate link for each lesson housed in Blackboard.|
|ENGL 1010||Fundamentals of English I||SoftChalk. Seperate link for each lesson housed in Blackboard.|
|ENGL 1101||Composition and Rhetoric||SoftChalk. Seperate link for each lesson housed in Blackboard.|
|ENGL 1102||Literature and Composition||SoftChalk. Seperate link for each lesson housed in Blackboard.|
|ENGL 2130||American Literature||SoftChalk. Seperate link for each lesson housed in Blackboard.|
|HIST 1111||World History I||Course Hero|
|HIST 1112||World History II||Course Hero|
|HIST 2111||US History I||OpenStax|
|HIST 2112||US History II||OpenStax|
|MATH 0090||Learning Support Math||My Open Math. Linked through LTI for students.|
|MATH 0098||Elementary Alegbra||My Open Math. Linked through LTI for students.|
|MATH 1012||Foundations of Mathematics||My Open Math. Linked through LTI for students.|
|MUSC 1101||Music Appreciation||Open Textbook Library|
|PHYS 1110||Conceptual Physics||Instructor Developed Content. Released text posted in course.|
|PHYS 1111||Introductory Physics I||OpenStax|
|POLS 1101||American Government||OpenStax|
|PSYC 1010||Basic Psychology||OpenStax|
|PSYC 1101||Introductory Psychology||OpenStax|
|PSYC 2103||Human Development||Course Hero|
|SOCI 1101||Introduction to Sociology||OpenStax|
|Updated October 31, 2022|