Open Education at WMU

Our Goal

To advance adoption, adaptation and creation of open educational resources at WMU.

OER Task Force

  • Workshops held for faculty and support staff
  • Bronco’s First Learning Community surveying faculty
  • Member of the Open Textbook Network

What are Open Educational Resources?

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." (from the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation)

OER materials are released under an open license granting permission for everyone to:

  • Retain - users have the right to make, archive and own copies of the content.
  • Reuse - content can be reused in its unaltered form.
  • Revise - content can be adapted, adjusted, modified and altered.
  • Remix - content can be combined with other content to create something new.
  • Redistribute - content can be shared in its original, revised or remixed form.

OER include digital learning materials such as:

  • Open textbooks
  • Full courses
  • Modules
  • Syllabi
  • Lectures
  • Homework assignments
  • Quizzes
  • Lab activities
  • Games
  • Simulations

What can we do?

  • Encourage departments and instructors/faculty to look at open textbooks and other OER in their discipline.
  • Encourage the adoption, adaptation and creation of open resources.
  • Educate our campus about open education, open textbooks and open pedagogy.

Statewide initiatives