Do you want to use OER in your course? Great! The library can help.
This OER Request Form will walk you through the process of thinking through exactly what kind of OER you need so that the librarian can consult with you and support you in finding and evaluating, and later adopting and adapting OERs in your course.
First, it is important to remember that OERs, while potentially radical and innovative, are just another kind of content for your learners to interact with. If you know how to adopt a textbook, choose scholarly articles, videos, and primary sources for each module of your course, and develop your own original content for your course, you already know how to do most of this.
You are more likely to be successful in your search if you start out knowing:
Because people have been focusing on developing OERs that will help as many students as possible, you're also more likely to succeed if you are looking for:
OERs are different from traditional textbooks and educational materials because:
All this means you need to give yourself (and us) time. Once in a while, we can do Arcane Library Magic and find you exactly the video you were thinking of in a day or so. Usually it takes quite a bit of brainstorming between the developer and the librarian, and time-consuming searching across myriad repositories and sites.
Ready to request help? This OER Request Form will walk you through the process.
The ESC library doesn't have a staff of research assistants. We don't actually perform the search for you. Instead, we suggest where to search, teach how to search, demonstrate, and, if you like, sit with you and help you as you try it the first time. We will also give answers and advice as needed throughout the process.
ESC librarians are also not subject matter experts (except in the field of librarianship.) We can't select or evaluate resources for you to include in your course, anymore than you'd let us choose the textbook you would use. We can provide instruction, support materials, and even rubrics to help you evaluate the OERs that you find along multiple criteria. Again, we also provide answers and advice as you go along.
Please note: If you need to request accommodations with content linked to on this guide, on the basis of a disability, please contact Accessibility Resources and Services by emailing them at Disability.Services@esc.edu. Requests for accommodations should be submitted as early as possible to allow for sufficient planning. If you have questions, please visit the Accessibility Resources and Services website https://www.esc.edu/accessibility.