Fostering Creativity in Learning: How to Effectively Incorporate OERs into Assignments


Fostering Creativity in Learning: How to Effectively Incorporate OERs into Assignments

Rhianna Rogers has trained as both an anthropological-archaeologist and historian, specializing in Mesoamerica and native cultures of the United States.  She is a Registered Professional Archaeologist (RPA) with over eight years of field and museum experience.  She is currently a member of the MA in Liberal Studies Core Faculty and a tenure track faculty member/mentor at SUNY ESC-Niagara Frontier Center where she teaches graduate and undergraduate courses in Cultural Studies, Interdisciplinary Studies, and the Social Sciences.

There is a growing trend among scholars and educators to see open educational resources (OER)  as a cost-effective, sustainable and global approach to making high-quality digital and non-digital resources available to support learning and teaching; yet, not all educators understand how to do this effectively.

This 2-part presentation will present practical strategies for implementing OER in the design of course assignments and is intended to contribute to an ongoing discussion aimed at:

  1. Use and reuse existing OERs.
  2. Effective implementation of OERs  into current teaching models 
  3. Assessing OER  effectiveness and sustainability in course assignments.

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What are your experiences with OERs?

Started by Rhianna C. Rogers. Last reply by Rhianna C. Rogers Aug 9, 2014. 2 Replies

Now having seen this presentation and reviewed the COTE NOTE, tell me how you are using OERs, what issues or concerns you may have, and any other ideas that you want to get out there. These could…Continue

Links from OER Part 1

Started by Rhianna C. Rogers Aug 7, 2014. 0 Replies

Hello Everyone, Thank you for joining me for Part 1 of my OER presentation. Here are the links to sites from my presentation, as requested. Let me know if you have any questions! Rhianna Here is the…Continue

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Comment by Laura K Murray on October 14, 2015 at 4:08pm

Dear Colleagues,


The SUNY Office of Library and Information Services and the CUNY Office of Library Services are pleased to announce a new e-mail list for information sharing on Open Educational Resources (OER). The purpose of this list is for SUNY and CUNY faculty, librarians, instructional designers, and other interested staff, to share their experiences, best practices, resources, and thoughts on OER.

To subscribe, just link to this page in Open SUNY Affordable Learning Solutions and click the Subscribe button:

I am the list moderator; please contact me if you have any questions about the list or any problems subscribing.

I look forward to interesting and informative OER discussions between SUNY and CUNY!


Sincerely yours,




Laura K. Murray

Open SUNY ALS Coordinator
Office of Library and Information Services

The State University of New York
State University Plaza - Albany, New York 12246
Tel: 518.320.1477    Fax: 518.320.1554
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Comment by Alexandra M. Pickett on August 1, 2014 at 5:36pm

There is much discussion about open educational resources (OERs) in current scholarship. Conferences, workshops, articles, Twitter feeds, blogs and on and offline debates have emerged across the academic community, both supporting and contending their use. With the drastic increase in scholarly dialogue on this topic, there is no question that OERs have had an influence on modern academics and the resources we use.1 But why are there so many faculty members still reluctant to implement them in their own work?

We know from tentative data collections that many faculty members are concerned about (and may even fear) implementing OERs due to concerns over copyright and licensing, quality, sustainability, and lack of support and funding from deans and administrators in their respective institutions (Anyangwe, 2011; Richter & Ehlers, 2010; D’Antoni, 2008; Downes, 2007; Hylén, 2006; Creelman, 2012). We also know there is growing concern about the perceived workload constraints around the use, development and implementation of OERs and how these resources may move academia even further away from traditional brick-and-mortar classroom teaching (Stacey, 2012). In light of so many uncertainties, how do we, as faculty, successfully and effectively use OERs to enhance our courses without undermining our own teaching styles and academic expertise?

The easiest answer is through our own OER vetting processes and assessment techniques; however, there are many tools, blogs and articles out there that can help us through this evaluative process. My hope, in this essay, is to contribute to this ongoing discussion by providing readers with a few examples for how to: 1) use and reuse existing OERs, 2) effectively implement them into current teaching models and 3) assess their effectiveness and sustainability in course assignments. While it is too much to hope that all of those reading these words will embrace the OER phenomenon, it is my hope that the reader will recognize the usefulness of these resources in our modern academic community and see their viability in our progressively globalized and digital college environment.


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