OER are teaching and learning materials that are released under an open license, which allows them to be freely used and reused at no cost. Unlike copyrighted resources, OER have been created by an individual or organization that chooses to retain few, if any, ownership rights. — OER Commons
OER can be "textbooks, full courses, lesson plans, videos, tests, software, or any other tool, material, or technique that supports access to knowledge" — SPARC Open Education Fact Sheet (pdf)
What can I do?
As a student, advocacy is the most important thing you can do to support OER!
Indeed, "student support for OER adoption and creation can have wider impacts on university policies and practices" (Hendricks, 2017).
A zero textbook cost (ZTC) indicator has been added as an attribute to over 500 lecture and lab sections in the 2021-2022 Timetable. When you see this indicator in the Timetable, it means there is no cost for textbooks in that particular section.
How do I print OER?
OER can be printed and downloaded (in whole or in part) without restriction.
Visit the Print Centre on campus to print OER book chapters or the book in its entirety.
As a student at Red Deer Polytechnic, you own the intellectual property for works you create. This means you have the right to publish any work you create at RDP!
Instructors may ask to include your work in an OER. This is called open pedagogy, when students are involved in content creation. As a student, you have the right to opt-into publishing your work openly. Instructors cannot require you to, or give you marks for, publishing your work. You must provide consent before your work is published.
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