Introduction to OER 101

Welcome to OK OER Collaborations! 

Your learning path includes a series of self-paced online learning modules, which will guide you to and through the accompanying textbook, Open Educational Resources: Basics & BeyondThe course and textbook are designed to serve as an introduction to open educational resources (OER) as well as an opportunity for further exploration and discovery of OER and open education practices. Throughout the course, there are opportunities for you to test your knowledge or further explore a concept. The modules allow you to learn at your own pace. While you can follow the modules in any order, it is recommended that you start with Module One and progress through in order. Each chapter of the textbook includes an interactive quiz or other activity that allows you to self-check for understanding, and then you should return here to the module to complete an activity that will allow you to further review significant points covered and demonstrate understanding. 

By the end of this two-part course, you should be able to:

  • Define Open Educational Resources 

  • Explain the rationale for OER adoption and use

  • Explain the differences between the six currently available Creative Commons licenses

  • Identify repositories and other resources for finding relevant OER

  • Use tools and criteria to evaluate OER 

  • Recognize steps and associated criteria for adapting and creating OER with proper attribution and licensing

  • Create an open educational resource

  • Recognize the OER movement in Oklahoma

  • Review the current landscape of OER in Oklahoma Higher Education

  • Recognize different Oklahoma legislation on OER

Course Outline:

OER 101

  1. Understanding OER

  2. Why OER?

  3. Introduction to Open Licensing

  4. Finding OER

  5. Evaluating OER

  6. Assessment: OER 101

Deeper Dive into OER

7. Accessibility

8. Creative Commons Licensing In-Depth

9. Adapting, Creating, & Sharing OER

10. A Look at OER in Oklahoma

11. Final Assessment 

Copyright & Attribution


Oklahoma OER Collaborations is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License, except where otherwise noted.

You are free to copy, share, adapt, remix, transform, and build upon the material for any purpose, even commercially, as long as you follow the terms of the license.


Council for Online Learning Excellence (COLE)

Suggested Attribution for Reuse:

Oklahoma OER Collaborations by the Council for Online Learning Excellence is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License CC BY 2020

Additional Format:

These modules are also available as a Google doc for easy reuse or modification. Please select Make a Copy to save a local editable file.


OER 101  was adapted from the following resource:

Texas Learn OER by Carrie Gits for DigiTex, licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License CC BY 2020

When you are ready to start, click on Next Activity below to the right.

Last modified: Wednesday, 21 April 2021, 3:20 PM