Adapting and adopting OER for a course can be an overwhelming experience. Below are suggested steps to help prepare for use of OER in the classroom. For detailed help on the process, please check out Faculty Support from the navigation menu.
Research, evaluation and adoption or modification of OER require investment of time, patience, and persistence. With numerous OER available, this process can be daunting at first, especially for those new to using OER. Allocating time to explore OER is consequently a crucial first step in managing expectations and progress.
Select Copyright & Creative Commons from the navigation menu to learn more details about how OER grant permission without risk of potential copyright infringement.
Starting from your SLOs can help you identify multiple different topics or components of your class, which will likely require several different materials. Accordingly, identifying these early on will make your search for OER more efficient and effective. This Backwards Design approach further encourages student-centered, outcome-driven course design, allowing more accurate identification and alignment of learning objectives with course content.
Select Find OER from the navigation menu to search OER repositories and search engines. These resources are comprised of a curated list compiled by a Compton College librarian and the OER Committee. You can further supplement your research by looking for additional open resources using an Internet search engine.
Select Evaluate OER from the navigation menu for more information, including rubrics and guidelines to help you get started with your evaluation process.
Using a single smaller course component will help you test the fit of the resource before committing to continued use; though we may evaluate a resource exhaustively before use, what may seem great in theory can perform very differently in the classroom!
Select Adapt/Adopt OER from the navigation menu to see the suggested steps for adopting or modifying OER. For in-depth help and guidance with adoption or adaption of OER, select Faculty Support to get contact information for the OER Committee.