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Thursday, July 16, 2020
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There has been increasing interest in the use of open educational resources (OER) over the past several years. There are many benefits of using OER for both educators and students, however, knowing how to find OER for use in courses can be a challenge. Educators already have great demands on their time and spending that time to locate OER can seem like an impossibility. With tools like KnowledgeToWork.com, finding open educational resources for higher education or grades K-12 is both quick and simple! Read on to learn more.

What are OER?

The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation provides the following definition of OER: "Open Educational Resources are teaching, learning and research materials in any medium – digital or otherwise – that reside in the public domain or have been released under an open license that permits no-cost access, use, adaptation and redistribution by others with no or limited restrictions." In other words, OER are learning resources with copyright licenses that allow you to retain, revise, remix, reuse, and redistribute them as noted by the 5R activities described by David Wiley in the article titled "Defining the 'Open' in Open Content and Open Educational Resources" on OpenContent.org. You can also use the learning resources available on Knowledge to Work to learn more about open educational resources, what they are, and how to use them.

How to Find OER with KnowledgeToWork.com

Finding OER with Knowledge to Work is as simple as completing a search using our learning resources search engine. Start by visiting our learning resources search engine and complete a search for learning resources on a topic, either by typing keywords into the search bar and clicking the “Search” button or by clicking one of the icons over the search bar.

Knowledge to Work Search Menu

Knowledge to Work Learning Resources Search Filters MenuNext, use the Advanced Search Filters tool to expand the filter called “Copyright License.” All of the learning resources on the Knowledge to Work portal are tagged with the copyright license of the learning resource. This filter allows you to narrow your search results to view only the learning resources that have the type of copyright license you prefer. The copyright license options include several different open license types, including the Creative Commons Attribution, Attribution Share Alike, Attribution Non-Commercial, and Attribution Non-Commercial Share Alike licenses as well as the public domain license type, among others. Simply select the checkbox next to any license types you are okay working with, then click “Apply Advanced Filters” to narrow your search results so you’ll only see learning resources with one of those license types.

Finding OER with Competencies on Knowledge to Work

Alternatively, you can locate open educational resources on KnowledgeToWork.com through exploring the available competency frameworks.  Each of the competencies (statements about knowledge, skills, and abilities within a certain subject area) are tied to learning resources. Simply locate the competency framework from the relevant subject or industry on the competency frameworks page. Clicking on any competency will show you all the learning resources available on the Knowledge to Work portal that teach that competency. From this page of learning resource search results, you can use the above instructions for narrowing your search results by copyright license type. Then you will have a full list of available learning resources with the copyright license you need that teach a specific competency.

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Helping you find OER textbooks, open educational resource websites, and other open resources is just one of the many features available on Knowledge to Work. Sign up for your free account today to discover many others!

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