Open Michigan

Welcome to the new Open Michigan! As a partnership of the University Library and Health Information Technology and Services, we are the home for all things open at the University of Michigan—including expertise and services for open educational resources, open data, and open publications.

Open Michigan encourages scholars and students to maximize the impact of their work through open sharing. As a public institution, the University of Michigan is committed to serving our university community, the residents of the state of Michigan, and the broader world in which we live. That means making sure that publicly-funded research (and its underlying data!) is accessible to citizens, providing a platform for teachers and students to find and re-use high-quality educational materials, and educating scholars about the benefits of sharing their work with the world beyond our campus.

Throughout our site you’ll find resources for doing all of this and more.

https://open.umich.edu/

Creative Commons for Educators and Librarians

The book, Creative Commons for Educators and Librarians, is now published under CC BY and offers an additional way to access the openly licensed CC Certificate content. It’s available in print at the ALA store, or it can be downloaded from our website!

Whether you’re a volunteer, professor, instructional designer, researcher, administrator or technologist—or simply looking for a great holiday gift—this book offers a background on copyright law, as well as a clear guide to open licensing and open advocacy. You can read this book on its own or while taking the CC Certificate course.

The ALA is the oldest and largest library association in the world, “providing leadership for the development, promotion and improvement of library and information services and the profession of librarianship in order to enhance learning and ensure access to information for all.”

After initial collaboration with the ALA on “Copytalk” webinars, we were delighted to partner with them for this project under the shared goal of increasing equitable access to information.

https://creativecommons.org/2019/12/06/cc-for-educators-and-librarians-is-available/

The OER Starter Kit – Simple Book Publishing

“This starter kit has been created to provide instructors with an introduction to the use and creation of open educational resources (OER). The text is broken into five sections: Getting Started, Copyright, Finding OER, Teaching with OER, and Creating OER. Although some chapters contain more advanced content, the starter kit is primarily intended for users who are entirely new to Open Education….”

The OER Starter Kit – Simple Book Publishing

Net-Art; Remote online digital studio art course

Net-Art is a remote online digital studio art course intended to expose and expand the vocabulary of new media art to the student’s personal visual statements.

Students are expected to produce a related series of electronic art works with a concentration on experimentation and the transcendence of ideas.

Through various processes, both manual and technology based, students will be exposed to the use and application of electronic media via desktop and mobile art practice. Students may reference their work in conjunction with prior interests in drawing, painting, photography, sculpture, installation, video & performance art as well as any other inter-disciplinary subjects of interest.

The course will take place here on this URL using (OER) Open Education Resources, Public Domain and other Creative Commons Sources.

OER Commons

OER Commons offers a comprehensive infrastructure for curriculum experts and instructors at all levels to identify high-quality OER and collaborate around their adaptation, evaluation, and use to address the needs of teachers and learners. Diving into OER Commons is an exciting opportunity to collaborate with other educators and learners, at the forefront of a new educational era.

Open Educational Resources (OER) are teaching and learning materials that you may freely use and reuse at no cost, and without needing to ask permission. Unlike copyrighted resources, OER have been authored or created by an individual or organization that chooses to retain few, if any, ownership rights.

In some cases, that means you can download a resource and share it with colleagues and students. In other cases, you may be able to download a resource, edit it in some way, and then re-post it as a remixed work. How do you know your options? OER often have a Creative Commons license or other permission to let you know how the material may be used, reused, adapted, and shared.

From a single point of access in OER Commons, you can search, browse, and evaluate resources in OER Commons’ growing collection of over 50,000 high-quality OER. Here are some curated collections to start exploring.

https://www.oercommons.org

OpenStax College

OpenStax is a nonprofit educational initiative based at Rice University, and it’s our mission to give every student the tools they need to be successful in the classroom. Through our partnerships with philanthropic foundations and our alliance with other educational resource companies, we’re breaking down the most common barriers to learning. Because we believe that a well-educated society profits us all.

We publish high-quality, peer-reviewed, openly licensed college textbooks that are absolutely free online and low cost in print.

https://openstax.org/

Open Education Group, interdisciplinary research group

The Open Education Group is an interdisciplinary research group that conducts original, rigorous, empirical research on the impact of OER adoption on a range of educational outcomes and designs and shares methodological and conceptual frameworks for studying the impact of OER adoption. We also teach courses in topics relating to open education.

http://openedgroup.org/

Open Educational Resources – Open & Affordable Education Committee

Open and Affordable Education Committee launches new website.

The high cost of textbooks has become a major problem for many students. However, there is a group at Iowa State working against the cost barrier by advocating for the use of less costly course materials in the classroom.

The Open & Affordable Education Committee, a partnership between the University Library, CELT (Center for Excellence in Learning and Teaching), ISU Book Store, the Senior Vice President and Provost, Student Government, and others, provides support for faculty interested in affordable course materials at Iowa State.

The committee can provide support to help faculty understand the options available to them to make their courses more affordable for students including access to course reserves and open educational resources (OER), among others.

One way the committee has worked to raise awareness about affordable course material options is by creating a website about OER: free, openly licensed educational materials that can be edited by instructors.

News, events, and information about the services available to faculty interested in OER and other affordable course materials available at Iowa State will be shared via this website oer iastate.

An important feature on the site is the OER Trailblazers Showcase, which highlights the work that select instructors at Iowa State University are doing to make their courses more affordable for students.

To learn more about Open Educational Resources at ISU, visit the new OER website or contact Abbey Elder, Open Access & Scholarly Communication Librarian.