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OER Toolkit: Getting Started

Getting Started

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Finding OER

Finding OER

Explore existing open educational resources to see what is available in your discipline area. You'll find a variety of teaching, learning, and research resources.

Open Licensing

Open Licensing

Develop a better understanding of how open licensing and creative commons works. See how you can use it to create an OER for your classroom.

We've identified a wide range of online tools and resources as well as on-campus services that will make incorporating OER into your classroom less stressful.

Ready to get started on adapting or authoring an OER? Here are some step-by-step tips on the process that you may want to think about.



The Goals of Macalester's
OER Initiative

Open educational resources are frequently identified as a solution to the rising costs of textbooks and as a way to provide faculty with access to high quality open learning resources that better meet the changing needs of their classrooms and teaching methods.

The library began our OER initiative in 2015 to support these results by raising campus awareness through forums with faculty, students and administrators .  

The goals of Macalester's OER initiative are:

  • to encourage faculty experimentation with open educational resources by eliminating barriers to exploration and to encourage, when appropriate, their use in the classroom; and  
  • to counter the rising costs of textbooks and other classroom learning resources that our students encounter; and
  • to contribute to the general availability of high-quality open educational resources.

Understanding OER


OER and Open Pedagogy

Open Pedagogy refers to collaborative teaching and learning practices that help educators to advance a culture of sharing and active learning through the use of OER. It enables faculty to create more collaborative, engaging learning experiences for students and supports students in developing critical-thinking, problem-solving, and analytical skills.

Additional Resources:

  • 7 Things You Should Know About Open Learning Practices
    EDUCAUSE Learning Initiative (ELI) fact sheet that outlines what open learning practices are, where they are going, and why it matters to teaching and learning. This is a great one page summary document that outlines the pros and cons of open learning practices.
  • Open Pedagogy Notebook
    It provides examples of open learning practices as well as an opportunity to engage with other faculty exploring open pedagogy.
    Blog site designed to serve as a resource for educators interested in learning more about Open Pedagogy.

  • What is Open Pedagogy?
    Blog post by David Wiley on his site 'iterating toward openness' which discusses open pedagogy.

  • Attributes of Open Pedagogy: A Model for Using Open Educational Resources
    Article which outlines and discusses the eight attributes which help define open educational practices and open pedagogy.