Center for Teaching, Learning & Engagement

@ Glendale Community College, Glendale, Arizona, USA

Finding OER

Once you have decided to support your course with OER materials, it is helpful to know where to find what you are looking for. Let me begin by encouraging you to speak with your department librarian. They are fantastic resources for finding OER materials and support for your class. More importantly, if you tell them what you need, they can find exactly what you are looking for.

However, if you are like me and you like to explore on your own before you ask for deeper help, this post will help guide you in your exploration.

This is just a brief introduction to where you might start your adventure.

How to find Creative Commons (CC) licensed resources

There are a lot of repositories of CC-licensed materials and resources. At this stage, I want to make it easy for you to explore, basically giving you a rough map of where you can comfortably play in the OER playground. Please keep in mind that this is a small portion of what is available and our librarians have even more suggestions.

How to find a CC Licensed Video

How to find a CC licensed image

How to find CC licensed course material

How to find an open textbook

How do I attribute a Creative Commons licensed work?

A good rule of thumb is to recall the acronym TAL, which stands for Title, Author, and License.

  • Title – Provide the title of the work you are adopting. Be sure to hyperlink the title to the original sources.
  • Author – Name the author or authors of the material in question. If the author has a webpage, please link to the author’s page.
  • License – Provide the exact name of the Creative Commons license under which the work was released and hyperlink the license name to the license deed page. You can use the acronyms instead of full name of the license.

Be cautious and courteous. Don’t just say the material is Creative Commons because the license should state how the material can actually be used. Remember that there are six different CC licenses; which one is the material under? Name and provide a link to it.

For example, How do I attribute a Creative Commons licensed work is adapted from Best Practices for Attribution by  CC Wiki licensed under  CC-BY.

Finding OER material to supplement or augment your current class materials can be easy and fun. I hope you feel more prepared for exploring what OER has to offer.

Don’t forget, your OER Committee is here to offer you peer guidance and support.

There are quite a few people who can share some of their exciting exploratory adventures: just ask Bruce what he is doing in Physics, Polly what she is doing in Psychology, John what he is doing in Business, James what he is doing in Communications, Bill what he is doing in Math, Sagarika what she is doing in Biology, Jeff what he is doing in English, Aubrei what she is doing in History, or Michael what he is doing in Geography or Sustainability and Environmental Studies! And those are just a few of the adventurers in OER that Glendale Community College has across the campus.

If you want to find out more, you can reach out to the OER Committee at OER @ the gccaz email address or your department librarian. We are here to help guide you on your OER Journey.

Finding OER content was adapted from three sources. Following the CC Smoothie Guidelines, this post is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License.


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