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Faculty Services: Learn About OER

Why Open Education Matters

WSU Open Educational Resources Initiative

Earlier this year, the Library was awarded a $10,000 grant from Reach out for Schools, to support the WSU Open Educational Resources Initiative. The money will fund ten $1,000 mini-grants supporting faculty in redesigning a course based around open educational resources, as opposed to higher-priced, conventionally published textbooks.

The online application is open now! Go here for more information. Go here to access the application.

What are Open Education Resources?

Open Educational Resources are teaching, learning, and research resources released under an open license that permits their free use and repurposing by others. OER can be full courses, course materials, lesson plans, open textbooks, learning objects, videos, games, tests, software, or any other tool, material, or technique that supports access to knowledge.  

Open Educational Resources are broadly considered to meet the “5Rs Framework,” meaning that users are free to:

  • Retain: Users have the right to make, archive, and "own" copies of the content;
  • Reuse: Content can be reused in its unaltered form;
  • Revise: Content can be adapted, adjusted, modified or altered;
  • Remix: The original or revised content can be combined with other content to create something new;
  • Redistribute: Copies of the content can be shared with others in its original, revised or remixed form.

From® is the Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition.

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