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Open Education Resources (OER) Sessions


There are many free, customizable, and editable resources for adult educators and their learners. By using Open Educational Resources (OER) in the classroom and online, teachers and agencies can save money, revise and refresh curriculum and give learners an opportunity to customize their learning. OER are “teaching, learning, and research resources that reside in the public domain or have been released under an intellectual property license that permits sharing, accessing, re-purposing—including for commercial purposes—and collaborating with others.” (NETP, 2010, pg. 56).

Titles and short descriptions for sessions include but are not limited to:

Open Educational Resources (OERs) for Adult Education:  provides an introduction the basics of Open Educational Resources (OERs). Particiants discover how Open Educational Resources (OERs) can be the answer to drive students to register for courses and help them persist in class - all while teachers get practical resources to use in their courses. Participants will get an introduction to the basics of OERs, what are they, how they can be found, and how to attribute these resources.

OER's: Demystifying, Finding and Using: a deeper dive into Creative Commons licenses and the 5 R's that makeup OERs are explored in this session. Participants will learn the basics of creating OERs, be shown tools that help create and revise learning materials, and how to correctly attribute and license their own works as OER using free software that will assist in retaining and protecting intellectual rights. All will learn insights and knowledge in identifying true OERs as well as searching for resources in several vetted OER Repositories.

Open Educational Resources vs. Free Resources: everyone will get a closer look at how OERs are different from free resources available on the wacky wild web. Topics will include Creative Commons licenses, Public Domain, and Copyright. Participants will be shown tips on what to look for and how to familiarize themselves with identifying OERs to assist in avoiding copyright infringement. A best practices toolkit will also be provided. It is highly recommended that participants have attended either "OER's for Adult Education" or "OER's: Demystifying, Finding, and Using."


All participants must have basic computer skills, a valid email address, and be familiar with navigating the Internet. Additional requirements may apply.


OTAN Certificates of Attendance are awarded only for workshop sessions to those that are pre-registered and attend at least 75% of the scheduled time.

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OTAN activities are funded by contract CN220124 from the Adult Education Office, in the Career & College Transition Division, California Department of Education, with funds provided through Federal P.L., 105-220, Section 223. However, OTAN content does not necessarily reflect the position of that department or the U.S. Department of Education.