Welcome to Understanding OER

Understanding OER BadgeIn this course, you will begin to explore the definitions, concepts, and effective practices related to open educational resources (OER).

As you progress through this learning journey, you will learn basic definitions related to OER, review the benefits of integrating OER into your practice, and experience the stories of other faculty, students, librarians, instructional designers, and campus leaders who have integrated OER into their work.

Upon successful completion of this course, you will be able to:

  • Detail the characteristics of OER
  • Recognize the benefits and opportunities of using OER
  • Describe how OER can be used in teaching and learning
  • Explain the principle of open pedagogy
  • Initiate dialogue around OER use at your institution

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An Invitation: Contribute Your Annotations

This course is an OER about OER, and we want to take advantage of everything that entails. This includes inviting you to share your comments, questions, and suggestions throughout the course series in a meaningful way.

Hypothesis logoTo that end, we invite you to try out the web annotation tool Hypothesis. Creating an account with this free, non-profit service will allow you to leave public and private notes on any web page or PDF, including throughout this course.

Many faculty throughout SUNY are using web annotation tools like Hypothesis for their own scholarship, as well as for instructional purposes.

You’ll see prompts for Hypothesis commentary throughout this course series. In addition, we encourage you to add your notes any spot you’d like, whether there’s a prompt there or not.

Use of Hypothesis is completely optional, and based on your own preferences. Anyone is welcome to add annotations, whether you’re part of the SUNY network or visiting us from outside. Tag your annotations with #SUNYOERChat.

Help us continue to make this learning experience better!

Step 1

See what this page looks like with public Hypothesis comments turned on.

View Page with Annotations

Step 2

Create your own Hypothesis account and start adding your notes. To practice in this course series, use the Quick Start Guide for Students to leap in.

You may also want to look at the Quick Start Guide for Teachers if you’re considering putting it to use in your own classes. There is excellent guidance on implementing web annotation as a teaching practice in the article “10 Ways to Annotate with Students” by Jeremy Dean.


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