Here you will find FREE TO USE learning resources that you can use to supplement your own course materials or learning. Some of these are from BC-based projects while others are from Open Educational Resource projects from around the world.
This is an initiative by BCcampus to create awareness of the availability of high-quality freely available open educational resources from both BC and beyond.
Open Educational Resources are a global movement which seek, in the words of one UNESCO report, the “open provision of educational resources, enabled by information and communication technologies, for consultation, use and adaptation by a community of users for non-commercial purposes.”
There are many places to learn more about OERs. A few of our favourites:
Educators interested to learn more practical advice about working with Open Educational Resources may wish to consult the newly published OER Handbook for Educators.
The recently formed Community College Consortium for Open Educational Resources (CCCOER) has a fantastic kit for introducing OERs into your college campus – http://cccoer.wordpress.com/campus-kit/
http://www.google.com/edu/teachers/lesson-plan-search.html Google has shared quite a large collection of lesson plans that focus on either their products or use their products as part of the learning and which are available for free and applicable across a wide range of age groups.read more
http://www.k12opened.com/blog/archives/517 While perhaps focused on K-12, these open licensed media sets may prove very helpful to educators in post-secondary as well. They cover a wide range of subject areas, from Ancient Egypt to Civil disobedience.read more
Project Gutenberg This may not be news since Project Gutenberg has been around now for decades, but for anyone teaching (or studying) literature prior to the 20th Century (and indeed, in Canada, possibly later, though our arcane Public Domain laws can make this rather tricky to figure out) you may be interested to search Project Gutenberg to see if the work has already been digitized and made freely available. For instance, anyone teaching Shakespeare (they still teach dear old Willie, don’t they?) could save their students a few dollars...read more
https://open.umn.edu/opentextbooks/ The University of Minnesota has created an Open Textbook Catalog as “a tool to help faculty find more affordable textbook options.” The site goes on to say that all textbooks in the catalog are: Openly Licensed. Acceptable licenses include Creative Commons Attribution, Attribution-Share Alike and Attribution-Noncommercial-Share Alike or similar. Some books may fall under a No-Derivatives license if the publisher offers an adequate customization program. Complete. Only complete books, similar to...read more
http://www.konomark.org/ As if the world of open content licenses wasn’t confusing already, along comes another one, well, sort of. Konomark isn’t actually a license, but instead a symbol which you can place on your website “that lets visitors to your website know that you are generally willing to share your copyrighted content, such as photos, educational materials, music, etc., with folks like yourself, for free. The konomark is an invitation to e-mail you and ask you for permission.” So slightl different than the...read more