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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  • Six Cosmological Systems: Phases of Venus 

    Magruder, Kerry; Purkaple, Brent (2018)
    It is often thought that Galileo's discovery of the phases of venus demonstrated the contested heliocentric model of the universe. However, such an understanding is overly simplistic of the early modern account of astronomy. ...
  • Six Cosmological Systems: Geocentric vs. Heliocentric 

    Magruder, Kerry; Purkaple, Brent (2018)
    Explore the various cosmological systems in the early modern world with this learning leaflet, while at the same time utilizing your inductive reasoning skills.
  • Orion: Baba, Nobutake (1706) 

    Magruder, Kerry (2018)
    This work, written by a Kyoto physician, represents Asian astronomy in the generation following Adam Schall. Baba countered superstitious interpretations of solar eclipses, and used magnetic theory rather than yin and yang ...
  • Introduction to the Constellations 

    Magruder, Kerry (2018)
    A short introduction to the constellations, able to be used alongside Urania's Mirror Constellation Set.
  • Phases of Venus: Riccioli, New Almagest 

    Magruder, Kerry; Purkaple, Brent (2018)
    The phases of Venus were an item of discussion in early modern Europe as scientists sought to determine whether it was evidence of the heliocentric system. Yet among the scientists it was anything but conclusive that this ...
  • Coma Berenices Learning Leaflet 

    Magruder, Kerry (2018)
    Coma Berenices is the only one of the modern 88 official constellations named after a historical figure. It represents the hair of Berenice, Queen of Egypt (267 221 BCE), who reigned with Ptolemy III Euergetes. Learn more ...
  • Quantitative Research Methods for Political Science, Public Policy and Public Administration (With Applications in R): 3rd Edition 

    Jenkins-Smith, Hank C.; Ripberger, Joseph T.; Copeland, Gary; Nowlin, Matthew C.; Hughes, Tyler; Fister, Aaron L.; Wehde, Wesley (2017-08-18)
    The focus of this book is on using quantitative research methods to test hypotheses and build theory in political science, public policy and public administration. It is designed for advanced undergraduate courses, or ...
  • John P. Finley: Tornado Forecasting 

    Boone, Brittany; Purkaple, Brent (2017-08)
    John P. Finley wrote the first book in English devoted to tornadoes. As a member of the US Army Signal Service, Finley's job was weather forecasting. By the 1880s Finley was widely recognized in the military as a tornado ...
  • Edward Jenner: The Mystery of the Milkmaids 

    Kientz, Kate; Purkaple, Brent (2017-08)
    Edward Jenner was a physician in the eighteenth and nineteenth century who studied the disease known as cowpox. Traditional medical knowledge demonstrated that milkmaids who contracted the disease cowpox became immune to ...
  • Antología Abierta De Literatura Hispana 

    Ward, Julie Ann (2017-04)
    Una antología crítica de textos literarios del mundo hispanohablante. Se enfoca en autores canónicos y también se intenta incluir voces marginadas. Cada texto tiene una introducción y anotaciones creadas por estudiantes. ...
  • AC Circuits 

    Davis, Chad (2017-01-07)
    This eBook was written as the sequel to the eBook titled DC Circuits, which was written in 2016 by Chad Davis. This eBook covers Alternating Current (AC) circuit theory as well us a brief introduction of electronics. It ...
  • 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 ...
  • Della Porta: Natural Magic 

    Galliart, Scott; Purkaple, Brent (2017)
    Giambattista della Porta was one of the most widely known European Renaissance magicians. In 1558, at the age of twenty three, the first edition of his book Natural Magic was printed. Due to its popularity and Della Porta ...
  • 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; ...
  • 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 ...
  • DC circuits 

    Davis, Chad (Davis, Chad, 2016-08-08)
    This book covers Direct Current (DC) circuit theory and is broken up into three modules. Module 1 covers the basics for circuits that include DC sources (voltage or current) and resistors. Even though Module 1 is not very ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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) 

    (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 ...
  • 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.

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