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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.
Open Textbook Library
"Textbooks in the Open Textbook Library are considered open because they are free to use and distribute, and are licensed to be freely adapted or changed with proper attribution." -- website
OERs for Social Service Workers
Supporting Individuals with Intellectual Disabilities & Mental Illness
"This multidisciplinary resource develops topics of interest to all those who care about and for individuals with co-occurring intellectual disabilities and mental illness." -- website
Introduction to Sociology
"The first section of this book covers the foundations of sociology, including an introduction to the discipline, relevant study methodologies, and dominant theoretical perspectives. The remaining chapters focus on the different areas of study in sociology." -- website
Introduction to Psychology: The Full Noba Collection
"This textbook represents the entire catalog of Noba topics. It contains 90 learning modules covering every area of psychology commonly taught in introductory courses. This book can be modified: feel free to rearrange or remove modules to better suit your specific needs.Please note that the publisher requires you to login to access and download the textbooks." -- website
Foundations of Social Work Research
"This textbook was created to provide an introduction to research methods for BSW and MSW students, with particular emphasis on research and practice relevant to students at the University of Texas at Arlington. It provides an introduction to social work students to help evaluate research for evidence-based practice and design social work research projects. " -- website
Columbia Social Work Review
"The Columbia Social Work Review was founded in 2003 and is an annual peer-reviewed journal for up-and-coming scholars in the field of social work to share their research with faculty, fellow students, and the wider scholarly community. The mission of the Columbia Social Work Review is to publish original academic writing on social work practice, education, research, policy and theory from the perspective of social work students. The Review strives to enrich the scholarly nature of our school and the profession by providing a forum for the exchange of innovative ideas. " -- website
Frontiers in Sociology
"Frontiers in Sociology reflects the breadth of the field of Sociology. We welcome submissions across the full range of interests represented in the discipline, in order to make high quality, innovative and analytically acute research available to an international readership." -- website
Journal of Social Inclusion
"The Journal of Social Inclusion (JoSI) is a peer-reviewed academic journal that will contribute to current knowledge and understanding of the social processes that marginalise individuals, families and communities." -- website
Society, Health & Vulnerability
"Society, Health & Vulnerability aims to contribute to our understanding of vulnerability and marginalization in society in light of health-related factors. The journal provides a multi-disciplinary publication outlet for research on vulnerability in the context of health and its relationship to working life conditions, family, social status, socio-economic status, social situation and other factors." -- 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)
Abnormal Psychology (Lumen Learning)
"[This course] introduces the theories useful for understanding the cognitive and behavioral patterns which impair personal effectiveness and adjustment. It is not intended to provide a comprehensive overview of the discipline. You - the student - will provide much of the substantive content and teaching presence." -- website
Introduction to Sociology (The University of Texas of the Permian Basin via EdX)
"This course is designed to look critically and analytically through different sociological perspectives, including the functionalist, interactionist, conflict and feminist, to help us realize the extent to which society guides our thoughts and actions. The course material provides a fresh, new look at societies and cultures—more objective, full of inquiry and analysis, striving towards social justice and change. Sociology urges us to draw connections between public issues and personal problems, to see the strange as familiar and the familiar as strange, and to examine biography in a historical and social context." -- website
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