Skip to main content
ask a librarian logo

Open Touro OER Initiative: Open Educational Resources

This guide provides information about Open Educational Resources for professors, students, and self-learners.

Open Touro

                                                                open touro logo

Open Touro is Touro College's Open Education Resources (OER) initiative. With this project, we aim to raise awareness of OER, and assist faculty in selecting and adopting open textbooks for their courses. 

Chat

Why Open Education Matters

What is OER?

According to OER Commons, "Open educational resources (OER) are teaching, learning, and research resources that reside in the public domain or have been released under an intellectual property license that permits their free use and re-purposing by others." An OER gives you the five rights below:

the five Rs of open                                 

Creative Commons Attribution Image from BCCampus

OER Community Courses

icons for the suny oer community courses

These interactive modules from SUNY will introduce you to the basics of open educational resources, including finding OER for your courses and understanding copyright and licensing relevant to OER.

OER Mythbusting

Myth #1: Open simply means free. Fact: Open means the permission to freely download, edit, and share materials to better serve all students

Myth #2: All OER are digital. Fact: OER take many formats, including print, digital, audio, and more

 Myth #3: “You get what you pay for.” Fact: OER can be produced to the same quality standards as traditional textbooks

Myth #4: Copyright for OER is complicated. Fact: Open licensing makes OER easy to freely and legally use

 Myth #5: OER are not sustainable. Fact: Models are evolving to support the sustainability and continuous improvement of OER

Myth #6: Open textbooks lack ancillaries. Fact: Open textbooks often come with ancillaries, and when they do not, existing OER can provide additional support

 Myth #7: My institution is not ready for OER. Fact: Any institution can start with small steps toward OER that make an impact for students

 

Source: OER Mythbusting from SPARC

Determine Your Impact

Curious about how much money you can save your students by switching to OER? Use the calculator below!

Courtesy of eCampus Ontario.

License

Creative Commons LicenseThis guide was created by librarians at Touro College and is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Non Commercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International License. If you re-use, remix or link to this guide, it would be appreciated if you could notify our staff.

Stay connected!

Like us on FacebookLike us on Facebook Follow us on TwitterFollow us on Twitter View our InstagramView our Instagram Read our BlogRead our Blog Watch our VideosWatch our Videos