Are you considering incorporating open resources into your course to save students money and improve teaching and learning? Here are some tips for finding Open Educational Resources to build or add to your classes.
Step one: Set aside time.
Searching for these materials takes time and persistence, just like research!
As you begin, also consider possible sources of funding for your efforts @PCC.
Step two: take a look to see if someone else has created a similar, complete OER course or textbook.
See the "Complete Courses" and "Complete Textbooks" sections of the "Find" tab.
Example: Go to the Open Textbook Library and browse their open business texts.
Step three: Get cozy with your learning objectives.
Instead of focusing on the textbook that you would like to replace, focus on what you would like students to know or be able to do. You will likely need to search for several materials to address different topics or components of your complete class.
Example: instead of searching for “biology” materials, search for “cell structure” or “DNA” or “evolution” materials.
Step four: Use Google “Advanced Search” to search for open resources.
Step five: Search within some of the specific OER repositories/OER search engines:
See the "Find" tab for a list.
*OER Librarian pro-tip* Use the browsing tools that the repository or search engine presents to you! Don’t rely solely on keyword searching.
Step six: Look for library materials like ebooks, articles and streaming videos to fill in gaps.
Visit the library's homepage, pcc.edu/library to search our collection.
Step seven: Not finding what you’re looking for? Ask your OER librarian.
I’m happy to help or refer you! email: Jen Klaudinyi
More advice on searching for OER?
Check out this 60 minute webinar “Finding and Selecting High Quality OER” from the Community College Consortium for Open Educational Resources: