No Cost Instructional Materials or OER

What are no-cost instructional materials?

Instructional materials that are provided to students at no additional cost as they are instructor-created, OER, free on the internet, or available through the library resources. These materials support teaching and learning objectives within the content expertise of faculty and discipline standards. Examples include lecture notes, assignments, rubrics, quizzes/tests, videos, diagrams, manuals, articles or books. Excluded are any materials that are copyright-protected or restricted by terms of use policies. Students can search the class schedule for courses using no-cost instructional materials by selecting the AlamoOpen attribute.

What are low-cost instructional materials?

Instructional materials that cost students $30 or less. These materials support teaching and learning objectives within the content expertise of faculty and discipline standards. Examples include handbooks, novels, non-fiction texts, art supplies, manuals or software. Excluded are any materials that are copyright-protected or restricted by terms of use policies. NOTE: Courses using IM Direct publisher materials are discounted below competitive market rates, but they do not meet the $30 or less definition of low-cost. Students are direct billed for the IM as part of their tuition. Students can opt out before census date by re-enrolling in a non-IMD course. Students can search the class schedule for courses using IM Direct instructional materials by selecting the Alamo IM Direct Course attribute. (I have included a screen shot that should be added to this information.

What is OER?

Open educational resources (OER) are teaching, learning, and research resources that are copyright-free or have been released under a license that permits others to reuse, revise, remix and redistribute them. Examples of OER include full courses, course modules, syllabi, lectures, homework assignments, quizzes, lab and classroom activities, pedagogical materials, games, simulations, and many more resources contained in digital media collections from around the world.

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Faculty: Identify your low/no-cost or OER course   Students: Thank your professor

 

WHY OPEN EDUCATIONAL RESOURCES (OER)? 

   
   

Student Benefits:

 Expanded access to learning

 Augmented class materials

 Free or low-cost learning materials

 Convenient and accessible

Faculty Benefits

 Customization Options

 Empower faculty to curate materials for course

 Social Responsibility