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A Guide to OERs: Their implementation and Evaluation.

Introducing panOpen OER Platform

Morgan State has adopted the panOpen OER management platform.  panOpen facilitates adoption of Open Educational Resources as an alternative to commercial textbooks.  Designed by educators, panOpen offers complete peer-reviewed content, customization tools, assessments, analytics, and LMS integration.  With panOpen, faculty adopt enhanced interactive, OER as they would a commercial textbook, with confidence in the quality and reliability of the content.  panOpen preserves the virtues of OER—radically reducing textbook costs and freeing faculty from the constraints of commercial copyright—while delivering the quality, features, and ease-of-use faculty expect from their learning materials.  

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To see a brief overview of editing content in panOpen click HERE 

What are OERs?

OERs 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. 

Important Features

  1. OERs can either be in the public domain, or used with a less restrictive intellectual property license like Creative Commons.
  2. OERs can be revised, modified, translated, and redistributed.
  3. OERs come in many formats like syllabi, lesson plans, videos, software, tests, group activities, writing prompts, textbooks, learning modules, experiments, simulations, and course designs.

OER Reviews

Why Use OERs?

There are many reasons instructors might want to use OER: 

Free and Legal to Use, Improve and Share

  • Save time and energy by adapting or revising resources that have already been created
  • Tailor educational resources to the specific content for your course
  • Expand opportunities for interdisciplinary teaching and learning by allowing you to integrate and revise multiple educational resources
  • Redefine "traditional" learning by incorporating multi-media or scenario-based education
  • Go beyond the confines of "teaching to the book"

Network and Collaborate with Peers 

  • Access educational resources that have already been "peer reviewed" by other experts in your field
  • Review or annotation features and texts so other instructors have more in-depth knowledge of the resource and its quality quickly
  • Make learning and teaching a team project using collaborative platforms

Lower Educational Cost and Improve Access to Information

  • Reduce the cost of course materials, particularly textbooks so that all students have access and aren't as financially burdened
  • Find and access information instantly on virtually any topic, on various devices.
  • Give learners the option of looking at course content openly before enrolling.
  • Reduce the load students bear, possibly increasing graduation and retention rates


Hoping to learn more? There have been multiple studies on faculty implementations, misunderstandings, acceptance of, and evaluation of OER. The Review Project has curated a number of empirical studies published in scholarly journals on the topic. Their general conclusion is: 

       "Once adopted, OER provide the permissions necessary for faculty to engage in a wide range of pedagogical innovations. In each of the  studies reported above, OER were used in manner very similar to the traditional textbooks they replaced. We look forward to reviewing          empirical articles describing the learning impacts of open pedagogies."


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