A buzzy term that’s
in the air of academia; wafting through conferences and popping up in job
descriptions – but what is it?
OER stands for Open Educational Resources which are
materials that aid in teaching (textbooks, lesson plans, slide decks, images,
modules, activities, etc…) that are free (or very low cost) and allow users
(both students and educators) to make changes without asking permission. The
OER community uses the “5R’s” to determine if something is OER.
If someone is able to freely access a resource and they are
allowed to change aspects of that resource, combine it with another resource,
keep that it forever, and redistribute it with changes, then that resource is
The benefits of using OER are many, including lowering costs
to students, empowering educators to adapt materials to meet the needs of their
classes, and creating a community of collaboration. As the costs of higher
education continue to rise, assigning an affordable/free OER textbook is a
direct way that faculty can lower the cost of attendance for students. In a 2017
study, 85% of students either delayed or skipped purchasing course
materials and 91% of them cited cost as the reason for their decision. With
OER, the course materials are freely available from the beginning of the
course, thereby obliterating any need to waffle about whether or not the course
materials are necessary. Additionally, the text can be far more vital to the
course because the faculty can tailor it exactly to the needs of their course.
No more skipping chapters or clarifying an outdated section. A win-win for
HOW IS OER POSSIBLE?
OER is made possible by Creative Commons licenses which grant the user many rights with very few caveats. They range in permissiveness from CC BY which only requires the user to give attribution to CC BY NC ND which prevents the user from making derivatives or from sharing anything commercially. These licenses are covered in a Copyright and Fair Use class that the Strauss Health Sciences library offers on a monthly basis. Come check it out!
OER is an exciting and emerging field that continues to
break new ground. Check back every month for a new post about OER!
This was written by Ellie Svoboda, you can contact AskUs with questions.
Cecelia spent the last year at the National
Institutes of Health campus in Bethesda, Maryland learning about products and
services provided by the National Library of Medicine and working on projects
that included analyzing MEDLINE application data, researching computational
reproducibility, and providing PubMed instruction.
Having begun her fellowship year at Strauss Library in September, Cecelia is excited to jump right into library instruction and reference.
Cecelia is from St. Louis, Missouri and received her Masters in Library and Information Sciences from the University of Maryland, College Park in 2018. Outside of work Cecelia enjoys playing cello in a community orchestra, spending time outside, and caring for her two guinea pigs, Ben and Jerry.
This was written by Cecelia, you can contact AskUs with questions.
The studio can be found on the third floor of the library and provides all that you need to record a presentation, practice your public speaking, record an interview, and more. Just bring a USB drive and everything else is ready for you.
This is a collection of photographs taken of the Anschutz Medical Campus prior to the University of Colorado moving here. The photos show the campus when it was the Fitzsimons Army Base.
U.S. Army General Hospital No. 21 opened in 1918 during World War I to treat soldiers with tuberculosis. In 1941, a new building named Fitzsimons General Hospital was later renamed Fitzsimons Army Hospital and then was deactivated in 1996 and officially closed in 1999. Today the hospital is known as the Fitzsimons Building (or Building 500) on the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus.
You can see the digitized images in Mountain Scholar. The images are originally slides, that have been digitized by the staff here at Strauss Library!
Please enjoy the collection, and contact the library if you have any questions.
This was written by Debra and Jessica, you can contact AskUs with questions.
LibKey Nomad, created by Third Iron (creators of BrowZine), is a Chrome
browser extension that provides instant links to full text articles subscribed
to by the Strauss Health Sciences Library as well as open access articles.