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Open Educational Resources Guide

Find, use, adapt openly available textbooks and educational materials to enhance college coursework.

What are OER (Open Educational Resources)?

Open Educational Resources (OER) are teaching, learning, and research resources that are free of cost and access barriers, and which can be fully used, shared and adapted in the digital environment.

What are OER? Why use OER? Where is OER? How is OER created? Who can help?

OER Resources for Education

Examples of OER Textbooks

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Hybrid-Flexible Course Design

This volume provides readers with methods, case stories, and strategies related to Hybrid-Flexible (HyFlex) course design so that they may make decisions about using it themselves and even begin their own HyFlex course (re)design. More specifically, based on the needs identified for their course(s), readers will be able to a) determine if and how HyFlex course design could help them solve critical needs, b) take advantage of emerging opportunities to improve their education practice, enabling them to better serve more students, c) gain an awareness of the HyFlex design, d) find their own innovative HyFlex solution to their specific challenges, and e) begin the HyFlex implementation process using strategies similar to those used by instructors described in this book. The volume describes the fundamental principles of HyFlex design, explains a process for design and development, and discusses implementation factors that instructors have experienced in various higher education institutions. These factors include the drivers, the variations in implementation approaches and constraints, and the results (e.g., student scores, student satisfaction). A series of worksheets provides specific guidance that can be used by individuals or teams engaging in HyFlex design projects at their own institution. Case reports from institutions and faculty who have successfully implemented HyFlex-style courses provide a rich set of real-world stories to draw insights for a reader’s own design setting.

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Introduction to Curriculum for Early Childhood Education

This textbook covers the following topics and more:

  • Developing curriculum through the planning cycle
  • Theories that inform what we know about how children learn and the best ways for teachers to support learning
  • The three components of developmentally appropriate practice
  • Importance and value of play and intentional teaching
  • Different models of curriculum
  • Process of lesson planning (documenting planned experiences for children)
  • Physical, temporal, and social environments that set the stage for children’s learning
  • Appropriate guidance techniques to support children’s behaviors as the self-regulation abilities mature.

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Sharing Our Knowledge: Best Practices for Supporting English Language Learners in Schools

This book covers four main topics surrounding how educators can support English Language Learners in schools

Part 1: Welcoming Environments and Cultural Responsiveness
Part 2: Classroom Support for EAL Learners
Part 3: Settlement and Refugee Support
Part 4: EAL Learners with Special Learning Challenges

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Teaching in a Digital Age: Guidelines for designing teaching and learning

This book examines the underlying principles that guide effective teaching in an age when everyone, and in particular the students we are teaching, are using technology. A framework and a set of guidelines are suggested for making decisions about your teaching, while understanding that every subject is different, and every teacher and instructor has something unique and special to bring to their teaching.

OER Courses and Videos for Education

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