Open Educational Resources

What are Open Educational Resources (OER)?

  • Open Education “…is the simple and powerful idea that the world’s knowledge is a public good and that technology in general and the Worldwide Web in particular provide an extraordinary opportunity for everyone to share, use, and reuse knowledge.” —The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation
  • “Open educational resources (OER) are learning materials that are freely available for use, remixing and redistribution.” –Wikipedia

 

 

A great writeup by Open.Michigan about our collaboration!

THL [Taubman Health Sciences Library] is the first library at the University of Michigan to contribute staff-created content to Open.Michigan’s collection of resources.This partnership enables the material produced by THL to be used faster and better by its constituents and fosters the creation of stronger, more effective materials by encouraging collaboration and innovation around teaching materials on a global scale. By partnering with Open.Michigan, THL is able to share and promote its content to a wider audience of collaborators, educators, and self-learners for legal use and reuse worldwide; streamline submission of library-produced content into Deep Blue, the University’s institutional repository; and position themselves as an advocate at the University and in the broader library community for improved information sharing through better understanding and use of openly licensed content.

In the first year of this partnership, we laid a strong foundation for continuing to work with the THL team to build open content together. You can see the resources we published last year online at http://open.umich.edu/education/mlibrary/thl.

One highlight of our contributions is the section on systematic reviews. THL partners with members of the University of Michigan health sciences community to provide extensive literature search support for systematic review and clinical practice guideline projects. To view our presentation materials visit: http://open.umich.edu/education/mlibrary/thl/systematic-review/2012/materials

THL partnership will also provide presentation and teaching materials focusing on global health to students, scholars and researchers around the world.  View global health presentation materials at  http://open.umich.edu/education/mlibrary/thl/global-health/2012/materials and continue to check back as additional items are added.

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