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.morguefile.com/. Very handy site of free, high quality images that you are free to re-use with very little restrictions short of claiming ownership or reselling them “as is.”read more
http://eng.letscc.net/ There are many ways to search for only Creative Commons-licensed materials, but the new Let’s CC provides one of the most elegant integrated searches for CC materials that I have seen. It allows you to filter by audio, images, rich media or otherwise and searches a large number of sources for reusable material. – SWLread more
http://www.opencourselibrary.org/phase-1-courses. The Open Course Library, run out of the Washington State Board for Community and Technical Colleges, announced the release of 41 full online courses as part of Phase 1 of the project. These courses are a collection of expertly developed educational materials for high enrolled college courses. The materials — including textbooks, syllabi, activities, readings, assessments — are freely available online under an open license for use by anyone worldwide. The project is set to expand to 81 courses...read more
http://www.saylor.org/OTC/ The Saylor Foundation has an interesting proposition for existing textbook authors – if you have a textbook for which you own the intellectual property rights, they are willing to offer you $20,000 to relicense the work under a Creative Commons license and thus create another Open Textbook. There are certain criteria that need to be met, and they are looking for textbooks in specific areas. The submission deadline is November 1, 2011 – so what are you waiting for? –...read more
Put a thousand books from the British Library on your iPad for free | TUAW – The Unofficial Apple Weblog
http://www.tuaw.com/2011/06/12/put-a-thousand-books-from-the-british-library-on-your-ipad-for-f/. The British Library has released 1000 books from its 19th Century collection into a free iPad app that includes novels, historical works, poetry, philosophy and scientific books.read more