Do-It-Yourself Guide

ALG will be giving training sessions on open educational resource implementation within courses, but here is a quick do-it-yourself guide to get you started in adopting OERs!

1. Assess your educational resource needs.

Start your project by looking at your syllabus/curriculum and decide what you need for your course. Since you can customize and combine open educational resources to fit your needs, it is not necessary to change the nature of your course because of a particular OER.

2. Find OERs and/or library resources about your course, subject, or particular topics.

The Top 50 Lower-Division Courses List, Open Textbooks Guide, and MERLOT page are good places to start when looking for open textbooks. If you are looking for other open resources, such as courseware or articles, check out the More Open Content Guide. To start finding resources provided by your library, check out the GALILEO and USG Libraries pages.

3. Evaluate and select the resources you want for your class.

Read the Selecting Textbooks Guide for the basics on how to evaluate resources for your course.

4. Begin replacing your current course resources with your selected open educational resources.

The Replace Textbooks guide will help you get started on implementation. Check out the Open Licensing and Copyright Guide and Accessibility Guide for even more details.

5. Record and measure the differences between the use of your past and current course resources.

Plan on evaluating your course with the new OER implementation and compare it to past semesters, particularly regarding student retention and completion–this way, you will be well-informed on whether or not the OERs you selected are suitable for your course.