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Open Educational Resources

Open Educational Resources (OER) include text, media, and other digital assets that can be used for teaching and learning. These resources are publicly available and can be used, reorganized, improved, and distributed under a Creative Commons licensing.

Learning Objects are a type of OER that typically have a few more restrictions as they can be reused and repurposed, but normally must be used "as is" unless otherwise specified.

The resources below provide links to find open materials as well as information concerning the use of OER.

EFSC's Resources

BILT (Basic Information Literacy Tutorial) - BILT was designed by EFSC Librarians to help students learn basic information literacy skills necessary to effectively find, retrieve and evaluate information. BILT is a set of 8 web-based modules designed to be self-paced.

EFSC's LibGuides - The latest Web 2.0 technology from the EFSC Libraries, LibGuides provide access to research assistance, course and subject guides, and other useful information and literacy resources all in one place in an easy to navigate format.

EFSC's OER LibGuides - this site provides information concerning the use of Open Educational Material (OER) as well as OER resources.

External Repositories

These repositories contain Learning Objects and other instructional resources. They are available to assist educators with searching for and locating shareable teaching materials from online collections of educational resources to use in their own classroom.

WISC Online - Wisconsin Online Resource Center

MERLOT - Multimedia Educational Resource for Learning and Online Teaching

Openstax/CNX - A place to view and share educational material made of modules that can be organized as courses, books or reports, etc.

NSDL - National Science Digital Library. Also available: click to view a list of subject specific "pathways" or resources for subjects including Biological Science, Chemistry, Computational Science, Engineering, Materials Science, Mathematical Sciences, Physics and Astronomy.

AMSER - Searchable learning resources for Applied Math and Science, geared toward community and technical colleges (an NSDL pathway)

iLumina - Digital library of teaching materials for Chemistry, Biology, Physics, Mathematics, and Computer Science (an NSDL pathway)

Skills Commons - Free resources for career and technical courses. Free materials developed in partnership with local industries. Skills Commons Support - find information on how to use the site as well as how to revise/reuse downloaded content.

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