GCU Library guidance on Open Educational Resources
This page sets out the Library’s position and guidance on the use and publication of Open Educational Resources (OERs) within educational situations.
GCU is committed to a blended learning strategy and the library aims to fully support its implementation. Staff use a wide range of self-generated teaching materials to support high quality teaching, including teaching notes, handouts, audio, images, animations, multimedia materials and others. External resources are also available to support student learning. These may include images, audio or video resources, animations and other digital resources.
Open Educational Resources (OERs) are digitised teaching, learning and research resources that reside in the public domain or have been released by the copyright owner under an intellectual property licence (such as Creative Commons) that permits their use or re-purposing (re-use, revision, remixing, or redistribution) by others. Staff and students may wish to use OERs to enhance learning and teaching. A licence that permits use of an OER may require the user to re-publish the resource in which it is incorporated as an OER on the same terms. Staff and students may also wish to create and publish resources as OERs.
Open Educational Resources (OER) provide a massive, high quality open content infrastructure on top of which innovative people and organizations are building a new generation of educational models. Methodologically rigorous research is demonstrating that these OER-based models can be extremely effective in reducing the cost of education and improving student learning. Now that this foundation of content, practices, and research has been firmly established, the field is turning increasingly towards broadening the impact of this work.
Keynote addresses and concurrent sessions at OpenEd14 will address the following themes:
exploiting the synergies between open education and parallel work in the open data, open access, open science, and open source software movements
models that support the broad adoption and use of open educational resources in primary, secondary, post-secondary, and informal education
connecting open educational resources to competency based education, prior learning assessment, and alternative pathways to credentials based on OER
measuring the impact of openness on the cost of education and student success metrics
libraries and OER
promoting and evaluating institutional and governmental open policies and strategies
designing and using new pedagogies that leverage the reuse, revise, remix, and redistribute potential of OER
democratizing the credentialing process with open badges
social learning with OER
improving the quality of research in open education
innovation at the bleeding edge of openness
Source, Call for Proposals, Keynotes, Venue Available At: