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University System of Maryland

Designing with Open Educational Resources (OER)

University System of Maryland via edX

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Today’s classrooms are dynamic, engaging and active learning spaces and our resources should be as well. Sadly, many of the available learning resources are too expensive or not dynamic or too broad to meet our instructional needs.   An essential skill for educators is to be able to infuse Open Educational Resources to meet the specific needs of their learners. 

This course is an introduction to learning the tools and practices for Designing Open Educational Resources (OER). The course begins with an educational system review of Open Education and how the rise in popularity of Creative Commons attribution has promoted the open sharing of instructional materials in both K-12 and higher education learning environments.  Then, learners review how to identify instructional learning gaps, explore OER repositories and evaluate existing OER to identify educational and course materials to meet their needs.  The course culminates with hands-on activities for remixing OER as well as designing OER in various digital media to publish educational materials to meet specific instructional needs.

No previous digital design or experience is required.  All course projects and activities utilize free or shareware based online resources and applications.


Module 1 OER Reality & Foundations

Present today’s educational shift to learner-centered educational experiences, discuss the benefits, pros and cons of open education resources, and copyright laws that affect the use of those resources.

Learners will define Creative Commons licensing and describe the role Creative Commons licensing plays in developing OER.

Module 2 Current repositories, identifying and evaluating OER

Learners will identify instructional need, locate and evaluate OER for a specific instructional purpose.
Module 3 OER Remix

Learners will remix or revise digital images and an existing OER (beyond text-based) to meet specific instructional needs.

Learners will remix or revise digital images incorporating UDL and ADA compliance when creating OER.

Module 4 OER Video Remix

Learners will remix or revise an OER digital video to meet specific instructional needs.

Learners will remix or revise an OER digital video incorporating UDL and ADA compliance when creating OER.

Module 5 Developing and Publishing Original Video OER

Learners will be able to create an original OER digital video to meet specific instructional needs.

Module 6 Developing OER Curated Library

Learners will express the role of the open movement in supporting a learner-centered educational approach:
  • Learners will formulate a personal philosophy of open education learner-centered instructional strategies and OER.
  • Learners will create and publish a library of at least 3 targeted, ADA-compliant OER.

Taught by

Randy Hansen and Michael Shimer


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