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OER: Resources for JBCL Reference and Instruction Librarians: Texas OER and Prairie View A&M University

OERTX Repository is a public digital library of open educational resources for higher education. Search collections or create and collaborate to improve instruction.

Texas OER and Prairie View A&M University

What are Open Educational Resources (OER)?

Open educational resources (OER) eliminate cost barriers for students and allow unrestricted, immediate access to learning materials, increasing the likelihood for students to complete their courses successfully. One of the most common forms of OER are open-access textbooks that are free and accessible to students via multiple platforms such as an online link or PDF document. Unlike traditional textbooks, that come with restrictive copyright laws, OER use open copyright licenses like Creative Commons. For more information on this type of license, please visit Creative Commons. According to the 2017 Babson Survey, open resources are growing in popularity – almost 50% of faculty reported that they are aware of OER, and open-access textbooks are being adopted in introductory courses at rates that rival traditional books.

OpenStax Institutional Partnership Program

Prairie View A&M University was chosen to participate in this strategic partnership with OpenStax after a rigorous application process that included demonstrating a willingness to drive adoption of open educational resources (OER). Institutional partners will receive individualized consulting from OpenStax and join a cohort of schools advocating widespread use of OER at their schools. On average, the institutions who join as institutional partners increase the number of students impacted by OER by 158% after completing the first year of the program. To date, the program has resulted in $19.6 million dollars of additional student savings from OER.

Open Educational Resources (OER) coming to PVAMU- JBCL

PVAMU Open Education Resources eCourses Integration & Ancillary Development

Adopting OER provides relief to your students wallets! However, it does add some a bit of complexity to the instructor’s life to integrate resources from multiple sources into a coherent attractive assembly.

Many of the ancillaries you have come to depend on are no longer available when you move away from commercially published textbooks. The Center for Instructional Innovation & Technology Services (CIITS) is here to help the transition move more easily.

CIITS Instructional Designers & Multimedia Specialists can assist with:

  • Embedding Open Education Resources into eCourses
  • Mixing OERs from multiple sources coherently
  • Adding interactive media complete with gradable questions that route directly to the gradebook
  • Using technical tools like H5P, Softchalk, Articulate and Camtasia to develop interactive lessons
  • Vetting freemium services and assist in their integration in your courses
  • Assist with finding ready made media associated with your lesson needs

Our new multimedia studios located in the Panther Collaboration and Innovation Center on the 3rd floor of the Coleman Library are ready for your use in recording high quality videos and audio.

To learn more contact or call (936) 261-3283.

Find out more information about the Open Educational Resources Initiative

John B. Coleman Library
Mailing Address: P.O. Box 519, MS 1040, Prairie View, Texas 77446
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