Welcome to Identifying, Finding, and Adopting OER

Identifying, Finding, and Adopting OER Course IconWith OER, you have the freedom to move beyond the confines of a single textbook that may not match your exact needs. With that freedom comes a sense of liberty, and maybe a little trepidation.

How do you find these texts?  How do you know if they can be considered OER?  Can you use more than one textbook, or even parts of many?  How will you pull all of this together? Where will you turn for help along the way?

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

  • Define and describe the characteristics of OER
  • Articulate the difference between free-to-access, public domain, and open licensing
  • Recognize and distinguish between different types and formats of OER
  • Access and use OER search utilities and services
  • Locate OER related to specific subjects or disciplines
  • Evaluate the source and quality of OER
  • Select OER for course adoption



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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