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.
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. OER include full courses, course materials, modules, textbooks, streaming videos, tests, software, and any other tools, materials, or techniques used to support access to knowledge. Open educational resources give educators the ability to adapt instructional resources to the individual needs of their students, to ensure that resources are up-to-date, and to ensure that cost is not a barrier to accessing high-quality standards-aligned resources."
An OER gives you the right to retain, reuse, revise, remix and redistribute:
The repositories below host numerous open textbooks in several disciplines. Search for an open textbook, or ask the librarian Juliana Magro for help.
Openly Available Sources Integrated Search (OASIS) is a search tool that aims to make the discovery of open content easier. OASIS currently searches open content from 58 different sources and contains 160,258 records. OASIS is being developed at SUNY Geneseo's Milne Library in consultation with Alexis Clifton, SUNY OER Services Executive Director.
The Mason OER Metafinder (below) searches across 18 different sources of open educational materials.
Simon Fraser University Library, Simon Fraser University Teaching & Learning Centre
The Faculty OER Toolkit is an information resource about and guide to adapting and adopting Open Educational Resources. Included are definitions and examples, information about Creative Commons licensing, and tips on how to adapt and/or adopt OER for classroom use.
Access multiple formats of this book through this link: https://pressbooks.bccampus.ca/facultyoertoolkit/
"OER is not really free," "OER adoption is too radical," "teachers need more time and work to adapt OER" and other myths busted in this easy-to-read booklet.
Click on the link below to access the PDF.