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This site serves as a repository for the work created and collated by Massachusetts Community College (MCC) faculty as part of the MCC Go Open project. As OER work continues to expand across the state, additional resources will be added, allowing for faculty collaboration and increased access to high quality course materials for all students.
Have you adopted, adapted or created OER? Then you may be eligible for a stipend. Fill out this form to get the process started. Before you submit have you:
Met with a librarian to locate resources?
Met with an Instructional designer to help implement your resources in your course space?
Completed the OER process in your course?
There will be a three-tiered stipend for faculty selected for this program. Stipends will be awarded after completion of training and course adaptation to ensure use of OER in lieu of a textbook and submission of both their redesigned syllabus and an invoice.
Most OER projects fall into one of three tracks: Adopt, Adapt or Create.
Adopt: Eligible for a $250.00 stipend. Find, evaluate and adopt an existing open textbook for a course you teach.
Adapt: Eligible for a $500.00 stipend. Find an existing open textbook with the appropriate licensing and enhancing it by:
Inserting culturally specific references to make a concept easier to understand
Updating the book to add the latest discoveries or theories
Inserting more media or links to other resources
Changing the target educational level
Inserting a different point of view to that originally given in the material
Create: Eligible for a $1000.00 stipend. There may not be an appropriate open textbook available for the course of interest. The instructor would create most of the content for the course and agree to an “open” (creative commons) license. This option requires a significant number of hours for transcription of lecture notes and video creation.
"We are busy around the clock adding new educational resources to OER Commons. We work with the finest producers of instructional content in the world and gather their best work together especially for you. Then we ensure the resources are carefully described and fully indexed because we want you to be able to find exactly what you need, when you need it."
Range of materials including syllabi, course activities, and assessments created by faculty, instructional designers, librarians, other experts. Some of these materials are intended to be paired with textbooks.
Open Modernisms is a Creative-Commons-licensed (CC-BY) resource that allows users to search, remix and create customized content using primary source works in the humanities from approximately 1890-1940. All items are in the public domain in Canada, where the site originates. Instructors and scholars of modernism can build custom anthologies or coursepacks.
The following rubrics represent an evaluation system for objects found within Open Education
Resources. An object could include images, applets, lessons, units, assessments and more. For
the purpose of this evaluation, any component that can exist as a stand-alone qualifies as an
object. The rubrics in this packet can be applied across content areas and object types.
The Saylor Foundation's free education initiative has focused on driving the cost of education to zero and expand access to quality open educational resources. To date there are over 270 free, self-paced, college level courses, created by credentialed professors.
A catalog of information about some of the top examples of open college textbooks, offered online under a license allowing free digital access and inexpensive print options. Material can be easily modified to fit your needs.
"The Creative Commons copyright licenses and tools forge a balance inside the traditional “all rights reserved” setting that copyright law creates." This link illustrates the licenses on a spectrum, from the most open to the most restrictive, and offers examples of each.
The American Library Association's guide to fair use and its limitations.
The Fair Use Checklist and variations on it have been widely used for many years to help educators, librarians, lawyers, and many other users of copyrighted works determine whether their activities are within the limits of fair use under U.S. copyright law (Section 107 of the U.S. Copyright Act). The four factors form the structure of this checklist. Congress and courts have offered some insight into the specific meaning of the factors, and those interpretations are reflected in the details of this form.
This Statement is meant to provide clarity for U.S. colleges and universities about how copyright law applies to the many facets of remote teaching and research in the wake of the COVID-19 outbreak. We write this as copyright specialists at colleges, universities, and other organizations supporting higher education in the U.S. and Canada who work every day with faculty, staff, and librarians to enable them to make ethical and legal choices about copyright issues in online teaching.