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Workshop: Intro to OER: Using Open Educational Resources @ NJIT: Activities

This interactive session will help you get started finding good quality free or inexpensive web or library information sources for teaching in your subject area. Learn about the NJIT OAT initiative to support faculty in adopting OERs. Bring your syllabus

OER Repositories

Activity - Using OER Repositories

Using your course syllabus:

a) Try to locate an OER textbook resource using a small OER repository. Were you able to quickly locate a suitable textbook?  If not, skip to b).

b) Try to locate an OER textbook resource but this time using a larger OER database. Were you able to quickly find a suitable textbook?  If so, what strategy did you use to locate a replacement textbook?

c) Try to locate supplementary material (diagram, video explanation, group exercise) for your course using an OER repository.  What types of resources did you notice were available in the repository? Would you incorporate them in your course?

Activity - Copyright & Fair Use

Q1. Which of the following license(s) will allow users to change, combine and redistribute a creative work without the need to give credit to the original creator?
a) Public Domain: 30 votes (68.18%)
b) CC-BY: 1 votes (2.27%)
c) CC-BY-SA: 0 votes (0%)
d) CC-BY-NC: 4 votes (9.09%)
e) All of the above: 4 votes (9.09%)
f) None of the above: 5 votes (11.36%)
Total Votes: 44
Q2. Photocopying of copyrighted materials for classroom use may fall under fair use based on which of the four factors?
a) The purpose and character of your use: 5 votes (16.67%)
b) The nature of the copyrighted work: 0 votes (0%)
c) The amount and substantiality of the portion taken: 2 votes (6.67%)
d) The effect of the use upon the potential market: 1 votes (3.33%)
e) Both a and c: 7 votes (23.33%)
f) All of the above: 15 votes (50%)
Total Votes: 30
Q3. Why is the use of library materials in the classroom permitted?
a) the library has paid a university-wide licence for resources in its collection: 4 votes (19.05%)
b) the library has purchased a license for items not in its collection when ordered through interlibrary-loan service: 0 votes (0%)
c) fair-use privileges are applicable: 3 votes (14.29%)
d) All of the above: 14 votes (66.67%)
Total Votes: 21
Q4. Review the following resource found right below the answer choices. Are you allowed to reuse, remix and redistribute this resource? Are there any conditions attached with the resource?
No, No: 1 votes (5.88%)
No, Yes: 2 votes (11.76%)
Yes, Yes: 13 votes (76.47%)
Yes, No: 1 votes (5.88%)
Total Votes: 17
Q5. Review the following resource right below the answer choices. Is there a Creative Commons license that enables a user to reuse the material? Can he/she modify that resource and redistribute it for commercial purposes?
No, No: 2 votes (18.18%)
No, Yes: 1 votes (9.09%)
Yes, Yes: 3 votes (27.27%)
Yes, No: 5 votes (45.45%)
Total Votes: 11
Q6. One condition of all Creative Commons licenses is attribution. For a good attribution, which of the following should we include?
a) Title of the work: 0 votes (0%)
b) Creator of the work: 2 votes (12.5%)
c) The URL where the work resides: 1 votes (6.25%)
d) The type of license: 0 votes (0%)
e) A link to the details of the license: 1 votes (6.25%)
f) All of the sbove: 12 votes (75%)
Total Votes: 16

Activity - Using Free Web Search Engines

Q1. Resources on the Web that are free must be checked for:
a) A Creative Commons (or equivalent) license: 1 votes (7.14%)
b) License free label (Public Domain status): 0 votes (0%)
c) Copyright: 2 votes (14.29%)
d) Permissions: 1 votes (7.14%)
e) All of the above: 7 votes (50%)
f) None of the above - no need to check due to fair use privilege as an NJIT faculty member: 3 votes (21.43%)
Total Votes: 14
Q2. Google Search has a setting to restrict results based on usage rights.
a) True: 9 votes (69.23%)
b) False: 3 votes (23.08%)
c) Depends on the day you search: 1 votes (7.69%)
Total Votes: 13

Exercise:  Using your course syllabus and a search engine of your choice, locate a publicly available (non-textbook ) supplementary resource (video, image, webpage...) for your course.

Reviewing the content, do you have any issues preventing you from incorporating this resource in your course?

Activity - Using NJIT Library Resources

Q1. All NJIT Library resources are:
a) Free for reuse by faculty & students: 0 votes (0%)
b) Covered by university-wide licenses: 0 votes (0%)
c) Searchable using the library search tool ( 0 votes (0%)
d) All of the above: 2 votes (66.67%)
e) All except b: 0 votes (0%)
f) None of the above: 1 votes (33.33%)
g) I don't know: 0 votes (0%)
Total Votes: 3

Exercise:  Using your course syllabus, utilize the NJIT library search tool ( to locate relevant resources for your course.

a) Try to locate supplementary material (diagrams, video explanations, group exercises) for your course.  What types of resources did you find? Would you incorporate them in your course?

b) Search the Proquest eBook Central database, and locate a replacement textbook. Were you able to locate a suitable replacement?  If so, are there any issues preventing you from using the resource?

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