A quick listof some of the top OER sites.
Open Access: News
March, 2014 from the journal Science: We are pleased to inform you that AAAS/Science is planning an expansion of its scientific communication efforts with the launch of a new title, Science Advances, as an extended forum for high-quality, peer-reviewed research. Science Advances will be published online on an open-access basis (Gold Open-Access title), with articles freely available to the public. "This new publication is designed to encourage transformative research and attract a wide readership," said Science Editor-in-Chief Marcia McNutt. "Science is becoming more integrated and interdisciplinary. This is why we decided to establish a single new journal with the broadest possible array of outstanding content, encompassing all fields of science." Read AAAS’s official announcement and the Science Editorial by Marcia McNutt, Editor-in-Chief of Science, and Dr. Alan Leshner, Chief Executive Officer of AAAS.
What are OERs?
Open Educational Resources (OERs) are openly licensed documents and other media that can be used by instructors in their own classrooms to supplement or replace traditional texts.
Indiana State University is running a pilot project (Strategic Plan Goal 5, Initiative 3) to document using these resources in our classrooms. If you are ISU faculty teaching undergraduates, you may qualify for a stipend to convert your class.
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Open education resources depend on a type of licensing that allows the copyright owner to freely distribute their materials under certain terms.
The CC license puts certain restrictions on materials, and there are different permissions associated with each license.
This site, about publishing a book using a CC license, has a pretty good overview of the process, and has a nice charted summary of the symbols and the permissions they allow.
When you are considering using someone else's OER materials for your class, make sure you examine the particular CC license. Most allow re-use with attribustion for non-commerical purposes. However, some licensing does not allow for re-mixing or adaptation.