Open Educational Resources (OER) go beyond saving students money. They afford an opportunity to provide culturally relevant and responsible classroom materials in which all students see themselves reflected. Traditional textbooks, learning objects, and literature are often presented from a single dominant viewpoint, and packaged for mass production across a wide range of educational markets. OER allows for inclusion of previously excluded voices, and students can be actively engaged in the learning process.
Utilizing student voices, experiences, and viewpoints through the use of open pedagogy leads to a more engaging learning environment. Beginning small with a few assignments, readings, or lessons can be a great way to get started. The Library is happy to help!