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An Even Playing Field for All: Boise State Promotes Open Educational Resources
August 22, 2019

An Even Playing Field for All: Boise State Promotes Open Educational Resources

A Simple Concept with Complex Implications

Explore OER

At Boise State, open educational resources (OER) are free, openly-licensed materials that permit use, revision, and redistribution. While the benefits of OER are available to all learners and educators, OER draws on the principles of diversity, equity, and inclusion. As such, it is developed for the empowerment and with the participation of marginalized learners who may be underrepresented in educational contexts.

Boise State has the tools and expertise necessary to help you get started.

Find peer-reviewed OER at the Open Textbook Library

Find/Use

Find peer-reviewed OER at the Open Textbook Library
Find and share OER with OER commons

Keep/Share

Find and share OER with OER commons
Modify and create OER with Pressbooks

Modify/Create

Modify and create OER with Pressbooks
Contact the Boise State OER Group

Learn/Support

Contact the Boise State OER Group
This image, itself, is an OER that has been licensed CC BY Johan Larsson

More About OER

The Hewlett Foundation defines open educational resources (OER) as,“teaching, learning and research materials in any medium – digital or otherwise – that reside in the public domain or have been released under an open license that permits no-cost access, use, adaptation and redistribution by others with no or limited restrictions.”

OER offset the cost of traditional course materials while also providing learners with full access to quality learning resources. A growing body of literature on OER is proving what may seem obvious: students succeed when they have guaranteed access to required course materials.

For faculty, OER offer unmatched flexibility in aligning course content around the needs of their students. Activities for faculty may range from adopting an open textbook just like they would publisher materials, to creating and remixing their own OER with students. The Boise State community has the resources and know-how to make any OER-based activities a reality.

Join Our Community

Members of Boise State’s professional and academic communities actively collaborate around open education initiatives:

Boise State OER Group

Faculty, Students, and Staff come together every other Tuesday at 2 PM to discuss stakes and strategies for supporting OER. Whether they join in-person or online, those who contribute to this community of practice shape the landscape of open and affordable learning at Boise State.

Request more information about the Boise State OER Group

The Open Textbook Network

Boise State is a member of the OTN, a higher education community of over 800 campuses. The OTN specializes in offering professional development to faculty and staff as well as creating guides and piloting collaborations between member institutions.

Pose a question to the OTN

IOPEN

Every Friday at 3 PM, IOPEN calls unite open education advocates from across the Northwest. We never know who is going to attend or where our 30-minute conversations will lead us. Since early 2017, members have earned OER fellowships, advised statewide policy, and built resources to aid multiple institutions.

Request more information about IOPEN

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