What are Open Educational Resources (OER)?

See: http://guides.ou.edu/OER

OERs are educational materials that are specifically designed by their creator/s to be openly available, and are often licensed to be re-used, re-mixed, and re-distributed. Open is not just about low cost (though that is an important benefit of using OER) but about the ability to take what others have created, customize it for your specific educational needs, and then share your creation with others.

OERs can come in a variety of forms:

  • Primary sources - Images, video, and sound recordings. Some sources are in the public domain, while others have been licensed as open by their creators. In addition, many texts that are in the public domain are available online/electronically.
  • Learning content - created content that ranges from individual lectures, animations, and assessments to complete courses and textbooks.

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  • Galileo's World Reprise, "Walking Tours." 

    Magruder, Kerry; Purkaple, Brent (2017)
    Galileo's World reprise offers visitors another chance to experience the award-winning exhibition. Materials on display at partner locations will return to OU Libraries and be available in a rotating display located in the ...
  • The Trial of Galileo 

    Magruder, Kerry (2017)
    The story of Galileo’s trial in 1633 intertwines two crucial earlier episodes: 1. Galileo’s encounter with the Inquisition in 1616; and 2. Publication of Galileo’s Dialogue on the Two Chief Systems of the World in ...
  • Banned Books of the Scientific Revolution 

    Magruder, Kerry (2017)
    The three most famous banned books of the Copernican revolution, listed in chronological order, are On the Revolutions of Copernicus (1543); a Commentary on the biblical book of Job by Zúñiga, a theologian in Salamanca; ...
  • Practice Problems in Biomedical Organic Chemistry: Self-Guided Problems and Answers for Students in Bioorganic and Organic Chemistry, Volume I 

    Carter, Adam; Culver, Tiffany; Cichewicz, Robert (2016-08)
    This problem set was developed to assist undergraduate students taking a one semester or two semester, non-majors course in organic chemistry. Students in these courses often come to organic chemistry from diverse backgrounds ...
  • The Abacus: Introduction 

    Magruder, Kerry (2016)
    The Abacus was an instrument useful for various mathematical computations. This learning leaflet provides step-by-step instructions for the basic operations of the abacus.
  • Augustine: The Bible and Science 

    Magruder, Kerry (2016)
    Saint Augustine discussed the relationship between religion and science in the 5th century. Such views became highlight influential throughout the history of science for those interested in explaining the relationship ...
  • The Anatomy of a Book 

    Magruder, Kerry (2016)
    In order to understand the history of a book, it is important to understand the structure and organization of a book - it's anatomy. This learning leaflet explains the basic parts of a book through some simple exercises. ...
  • Bode's Star Atlas: Uranographia, 1801 

    Magruder, Kerry (2016)
    This beautiful star atlas fused artistic beauty and scientific precision, the last of the four major star atlases in which artful depictions of constellation figures appear alongside the most up to date scientific information. ...
  • Activities Handout for Constellations 

    Magruder, Kerry; Purkaple, Brent (2016)
    Suggested activities to be used in conjunction with Constellation Coloring Pages and Card Sets.
  • "Constellation Coloring Pages" adapted from Johann Bode, "Uranographia" (1801) 

    OU Lynx (2016)
    Johann Bode, director of the Observatory of the Berlin Academy of Sciences, produced the last of the four major celestial atlases in which artful depictions of constellation figures appear alongside the most up-to-date ...
  • Libraries as makers of OER: A Pilot Project 

    Magruder, Kerry; Purkaple, Brent (2015-11-19)
    The University of Oklahoma Libraries and the History of Science Collection have spent the last year planning Galileo's World, an exhibition showcasing the time period of Galileo through 300 rare books, hand-crafted instrument ...
  • Elisabeth Hevelius: Observational Astronomer 

    Magruder, Kerry (2015)
    Elisabeth Hevelius, wife of Johann Hevelius, was an astronomer in her own right. They worked together in the observatory of their Gdansk home to measure angular widths and distances with a great sextant, which required two ...
  • Hildegard of Bingen: An Abbess for Health Care 

    Magruder, Kerry (2015)
    Hildegard of Bingen, Abbess of convents at Rupertsberg and Elbingen in the 12th century, explained their herbal remedies and medical procedures in her book, Physica. In addition to this work on medicine, Hildegard wrote ...
  • Astronomy & Music: Introduction to the Duochord 

    Annis, Jonathan (2015)
    The ancient Pythagoreans envisioned the heavens as celestial spheres rotating according to harmonious music. For Robert Fludd, a seventeenth-century physician, the universe was a monochord, its physical structure unintelligible ...
  • Inclined Plane: Law of Falling Bodies 

    Magruder, Kerry (2015)
    Galileo described his experiment with an inclined plane in his book, Two New Sciences. In this work Galileo was operating within a research tradition in physics known as "impetus." This tradition, begun in the 6th century ...
  • Maria Merian: World-Traveling Entomologist 

    Magruder, Kerry (2015)
    Maria Merian (1647-1717), skilled in both art and natural history, studied the relationships between flowers and insects. She conducted research in gardens and museums, produced detailed sketches and beautiful paintings, ...
  • Johann Kepler: Blueprints of the Universe 

    Magruder, Kerry (2015)
    Johann Kepler's "Mystery of the Universe" is rightly considered one of the brilliant illustrations in the history of astronomy. In it, Kepler used the five regular Pythagorean solids to refute the major objections to ...
  • Wondertooneel: Women and Museums 

    Magruder, Kerry (2015)
    Levinus Vincent, a wealthy Dutch merchant with ties to the East Indies, created a spectacular 'Chamber of Wonders' natural history museum in Haarlem. Visiting dignitaries admired his museum, including Peter the Great and ...
  • Orion the Hunter 

    Magruder, Kerry (2015)
    Three stars in a row make up Orion s belt, within a rectangle of four bright stars representing his shoulders and feet. Since Orion's belt of three bright stars lies nearly upon the celestial equator, Orion is visible from ...
  • Catherine Whitwell: Astronomy & Creative Writing 

    Magruder, Kerry (2015)
    Catherine Whitwell wrote an introduction to the night sky as a dialogue between a mother and daughter. It contains 23 engraved plates drawn by Whitwell herself, including four hand colored folding plates. One of the plates ...

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