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Best Practices Using OER for the Seasoned Instructor

Roxanne Haimann
Anna Laneville
Joshua Mitchell

Hawkeye Community College

Benefits to using OER

  • Cost

  • First day access

  • Portable

  • Accessibility built-in

  • Engaging
  • High quality
  • 95% of students are doing as well or better using OER

Broaden ideas of what OERs are

  • e-Textbooks
  • Journal/magazine/newspaper articles
  • APR/NPR audio clips
  • Self-assessment quizzes
  • PowToons
  • Quizlet
  • Online reference materials
  • YouTube
  • TedTalks
  • Padlet

Creation/implementation tips

  • Ensure source permanence
  • Co-create content along with your students

Implementation matters

  • Acknowledge OER in the syllabus
  • Provide technical instructions on how to access OER resources

Other tips to consider

  • Consider changing PDFs to Word docs for accessibility – students can change font sizes, etc.

Using technology to personalize OER

  • H5P – Create, share, and reuse interactive HTML5 content in your browser

What other institutions are doing/using

  • Upload video to YouTube, make unlisted, have YouTube do auto-captioning, download caption, then upload caption file to streaming media service (Panopto, Mediasite)
  • Have students find content within the course (create a quest), that can be used in future courses.

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