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What are Open Educational Resources?
"Open Educational Resources, or OER, refer to any teaching and learning materials that reside in the public domain or have been released under an open license, such as a Creative Commons License or GNU General Public License, that permits no-cost access, use, adaptation and redistribution with no or limited restrictions".
(Source: The OER Toolkit, Colleges Library Ontario)
Where can I find OERs for my course?
There are a variety of sources for OERs! This is only a small selection. For more, check the Library's OER Research Guide.
AMSER (Applied Math and Science Education Repository)
"AMSER (the Applied Math and Science Education Repository) is a portal of educational resources and services built specifically for use by those in Community and Technical Colleges but free for anyone to use." -- website
BCcampus Open Ed provides access to open textbooks on a number of topics from 41 institutions across Canada. Digital copies are available free of charge, and print editions are available for a small fee.
Directory of Open Access Journals
"DOAJ is a community-curated online directory that indexes and provides access to high quality, open access, peer-reviewed journals." -- website
eCampus Ontario Open Textbook Library
"In partnership with BCcampus, and in the footsteps of other provincial online learning centres like OpenEd Manitoba, eCampusOntario has created this new virtual Open Textbook Library, established to offer learners a repository of resources which are licensed to be freely used, adapted, and distributed." -- website (A link to eCampus is also available at LoyalistLibrary.com, under the Collections tab.)
Open Educational Resources Research Guide
The Loyalist Library has its own guide to open educational resources. This guide acts as a starting point, with background information, links to OER's, and more.
OERs for Environmental Sciences
"Environmental Biology enables students to develop a nuanced understanding of today’s most pressing environmental issues. This text helps students grasp the scientific foundation of these issues so that they can better understand the world around them and their impact upon it." -- website
Environmental Science: A Canadian Perspective
"This textbook is intended to provide the core elements of a curriculum for teaching environmental science at the introductory level in Canadian colleges and universities. This book is suitable for students beginning a program in environmental science, environmental studies, or sustainability." --website
Forest Measurements: An Applied Approach
"This is a forest measurements textbook written for field technicians. Silvicultural applications and illustrations are provided to demonstrate the relevance of the measurements. Special “technique tips” for each skill are intended to help increase data collection accuracy and confidence. These include how to avoid common pitfalls, effective short cuts, and essentials for recording field data correctly." -- website
Sustainability: A Comprehensive Foundation
"With “Sustainability: A Comprehensive Foundation”, first and second-year college students are introduced to this expanding new field, comprehensively exploring the essential concepts from every branch of knowledge – including engineering and the applied arts, natural and social sciences, and the humanities." -- website
"BMC Ecology is an open access, peer-reviewed journal that considers articles on environmental, behavioral and population ecology as well as biodiversity of plants, animals and microbes." -- website
Drinking Water Engineering and Science
"Drinking Water Engineering and Science is a peer-reviewed open-access journal for the publication of original research in drinking water treatment and supply. The focus is on applied research in water sources, substances, drinking water treatment processes, distribution systems, and residual management." -- website
Frontiers in Environmental Science
"Frontiers in Environmental Science publishes rigorously peer-reviewed research across the entire field, to advance our knowledge of our natural world and its various intersections with society." -- website
International Journal of Recycling of Organic Waste in Agriculture
"The International Journal of Recycling of Organic Waste in Agriculture is a single-blind peer-reviewed open access journal published under the brand SpringerOpen, covering all aspects of recycling of organic waste." -- website
"Smart Water is a peer-reviewed open access journal published under the SpringerOpen brand. The journal covers areas like Smart City and Smart Water Issues, next-generation Smart Water Management, Artificial Intelligence for Smart Water, and others." -- website
What is a MOOC?
MOOCs, or Massive Open Online Courses, are online courses, often offered for free or at minimal cost. Many MOOCs include audio or video lectures, assignments, readings, quizzes, and interactive forums and discussion boards. Many MOOCs are offered by large institutions, and some will offer course credits for completed MOOCs, usually for a small fee.
(Sources: MOOC.org, "Massive Open Online Course", from Wikipedia)
What are Apps?
Apps are small software applications that allow you to customize a mobile device and perform a variety of activities and functions. Some apps are free, while others are fee-based, so it is important to read terms and conditions carefully. Additionally, some apps are initially free, and then require in-app purchases if more features and functionality are desired. The Library does not endorse any fee-based apps nor it is liable for reimbursement of any apps paid for by patrons.
(Source: Austin Community College Library)
Marine Debris Tracker (Android)
"The Marine Debris Tracker mobile application and tool that allows you to help make a difference by telling us when you find trash on our coastlines and waterways. You can easily track and log marine debris items from a list of common debris items found on the beach or in the water. The app is a tool for any citizen, citizen scientists, and scientists. Data is kept and analyzed by the University of Georgia." -- website
"This application provides access to over 1,650 high quality images of over 631 species of marine life of the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary, including over 130 species with detailed ecological information. You can browse by common or scientific name within all species at once, or by large functional group (birds, marine mammals, fishes, invertebrates, and algae)." -- website
Global Development Resource Center's Virtual Library
"The UEM Programme looks at urban areas as the intersection of natural, built, and socio-economic environments, to create sustainable urban ecosystems.The objectives of this programme is to explore local environmental problems of cities, as well as its impacts on global challenges." -- website
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