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Introduction to Open Educational Resources

May 31, 2024 - Aug 2, 2024

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Start Date

July 1, 2024






Open Educational


Digital Badge



9 Weeks



4-5 Hours Weekly




Empower Learning: Harness the potential of Open Edcuational Resources

Course Description

This microcredential course addresses the role of Open Educational Resources in education and places the OER movement within broader contexts of academic publishing, copyright considerations, pedagogy, and advocacy and adoption. Instruction is asynchronous and major ideas are supported with readings in the academic literature to give students a firm intellectual foundation for future work in the field. The coursework emphasizes student interaction and discussion. Students will apply their learning by creating a proposal for an OER project.

Learning Objectives

  1. Learners will demonstrate comprehension of the fundamentals of copyright for librarians and educators, Creative Commons, Fair Use and Public Domain through knowledge checks and reflective, thoughtful, discussion board participation.  
  2.  Learners will demonstrate an understanding of major topic areas related to OER through knowledge checks and reflective, thoughtful discussion board participation. 
  3. Learners will demonstrate an understanding of Open Access and major issues in academic publishing through knowledge checks and reflective, thoughtful discussion board participation.  
  4. Learners will demonstrate knowledge of OER and goal setting by composing an OER project proposal.  

Target Learner

For teachers and educational administrators looking to leverage Open Educational Resources in their curriculum and institutions.

Course Topics

  • Open Educational Resources
  • Pedagogy
  • Copyright Laws

Meet the Course Developers

Craig Finlay

OER and STEM Librarian

Craig's Bio



This non-credit course is offered online using the Canvas LMS, over a 9-week period. It is asynchronous, but not self-paced. You will have a total of 77 days to complete the course. The 77 days to complete begins on the day of enrollment and under no circumstances will extensions be given. The course is approximately 42.5 hours. You should plan to spend about 5 hours per week. The course is divided into one-week modules with one live session during the first week, though attendance is optional. Each module consists of one lecture and one discussion board post per week. Links will be provided to all materials. You will be assessed throughout the course to demonstrate proficiency on the subject matter. You must pass all assessments before receiving the course badge. 


Refunds: Please note the course price does not include any credit card processing fees required by our vendor. Refunds can be issued within 48 hours of registration; no refunds will be given after the course has begun.