Open Educational Resources defined: “OER are teaching, learning, and research resources that reside in the public domain or have been released under an intellectual property license that permits their free use and re-purposing by others. Open educational resources include full courses, course materials, modules, textbooks, streaming videos, tests, software, and any other tools, materials, or techniques used to support access to knowledge.
Purdue Global offers Open Educational Resources in the form of free open courses through Open College. Since 2012, Open College has been teaming up with other Purdue Global schools to create open-access versions of some of Purdue Global’s most popular first-term/early term courses, like: College Composition I: College Composition II, and: Professional Presence, to name a few.
These open courses are free, self-paced, and faculty supported, mirroring the traditional Purdue Global course. There are 18 courses currently available―some of which offer a traditional Course Assessment in the event a student is seeking to obtain college credit for the course.
There are several notable user trends illustrating how educators, students, and learners are employing OERs to accomplish a variety of scholastic goals.
People People who are neither teachers nor students in formal programs access OERs primarily to enhance their personal knowledge
Students who access OERs do so mostly to complement a course they are taking, to enhance personal knowledge, and to plan their course of study
Teachers who access OERs do so mostly to plan or prepare a course, enhance their personal knowledge, or learn about topics related to their research