OER Essentials and Open Academics Textbook Catalog

This morning sessions was divided into two parts.

The first presentation was OER Essentials: How to Build, Adapt & Supplement Online/Hybrid Courses Using OER by folks from Utahs Open High School. See http://www.openhighschool.org/. They are a charter school of 400 students offering course for Grades 9 to 12 using Open Educational Resources. They suggested a number of places to find OER.

The Open Academics Catalog.

While there are many Open Education Resources available, the problem is how to make faculty aware of OER textbooks. An answer is open textbook catalog. The

University of Minnesota has created such a system at http://open.umn.edu. Faculty members from any institution can support this project and help evaluate the textbooks in this catalog by writing a review of an open textbook in their field.

The audio presentation is available at http://openedconference.org/2012/program/day-1/day1-11am-c680/