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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