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Open Educational Resources
Open Educational Resources are educational materials and resources offered freely and openly for anyone to use.
The Maryland Open Source Textbook (M.O.S.T.) initiative began in 2013 to provide a statewide opportunity for faculty and institutions to explore the promise of OERs to reduce students' cost of attendance while maintaining, or perhaps even improving, learning outcomes. (excerpt from website)
How to Get Involved
The following sites provide background information about Open Educational Resources (OER) for students and faculty wanting to become involved in the OER movement.
Resulted from a meeting Cape Town in September 2007 aimed to accelerate efforts to promote open resources, technology and teaching practices in education. Individuals can sign the Declaration to actively commit to supporting the open education movement.
As part of the Student PIRGs (Public Interest Research Groups), this site provides the latest news, studies and solutions on cost of college textbooks along with advocacy opportunities for students and faculty.
The Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition (SPARC) supports the creation and sharing of open materials used in teaching, as well as new approaches to learning where people create and shape knowledge openly together, and promotes practices and policies that advance this vision. Lists OER-related events and conferences.
Usually in early March, Open Education Week is a celebration of the global Open Education Movement. Its purpose is to raise awareness about the movement and its impact on teaching and learning worldwide.
Open Knowledge is a worldwide non-profit network of people passionate about openness, using advocacy, technology and training to unlock information and enable people to work with it to create and share knowledge. Provides networking opportunities for individuals to discuss and promote open access and open education.
Find open and free textbooks that may be suitable for use in community college courses from the list of Subjects provided. Most of the textbooks on this list have Creative Commons (CC) open licenses or GNU-Free Document License. Others are U.S. government documents in the public domain (PD)
The Open Education Consortium is a worldwide community of hundreds of higher education institutions and associated organizations committed to advancing open education and its impact on global education.