Open Touro is Touro College's Open Education Resources (OER) initiative. With this project, we aim to raise awareness of OER, and assist faculty in selecting and adopting open textbooks for their courses.
This new video series, produced by Touro Libraries, showcases the solutions of Touro's Textbook Heroes to reduce the cost of education and provide a more equitable access to educational materials.
According to OER Commons, "Open educational resources (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. OER include full courses, course materials, modules, textbooks, streaming videos, tests, software, and any other tools, materials, or techniques used to support access to knowledge. Open educational resources give educators the ability to adapt instructional resources to the individual needs of their students, to ensure that resources are up-to-date, and to ensure that cost is not a barrier to accessing high-quality standards-aligned resources."
An OER gives you the right to retain, reuse, revise, remix and redistribute:
Simon Fraser University Library, Simon Fraser University Teaching & Learning Centre
The Faculty OER Toolkit is an information resource about and guide to adapting and adopting Open Educational Resources. Included are definitions and examples, information about Creative Commons licensing, and tips on how to adapt and/or adopt OER for classroom use.