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Open Educational Resources (OER): OER Humanities Content
Guide to identifying open textbooks and open educational resources. Information about UWM's Open Textbook initiative.
The Mason OER Metafinder helps you find Open Educational Resources. OER Metafinder launches a real-time, simultaneous search across 21 different sources of open educational materials as you hit the Search button. A distinct feature of the Mason OER Metafinder is the scope of our discovery service. We’re searching well-known OER repositories like OpenStax, OER Commons, MERLOT but also sites like HathiTrust, DPLA, Internet Archive and NYPL Digital Collections where valuable but often overlooked yet often “open” educational materials may be found.
Additionally the OER Metafinder allows user to do a deeper websearch. The numerous and varied results makes the Mason OER Metafinder and ideal search tool for Performing Arts and Humanities courses.
Find, Reuse and Retain: Finding OER in the Humanities
Open Educational Resources are ideal for online learning. They are free to reuse and redistribute to your students in Canvas. You can also retain a digital copy of a resource so that it is available to you for future semesters. You may also customize or remix content. When selecting interactive learning activities, be selective about the source file and presentation format. For example, avoid content created with Flash which is largely not accessible and will no longer be supported after 2020. HTML5 files, on the other hand, can be viewed in most browsers and work with iOS devices. HTML5 can also be edited for customization or innovation purposes.
The Open Textbook Library is supported by the Center for Open Education and the Open Textbook Network. These books can be downloaded for no cost, or printed at low cost and have been reviewed by faculty from a variety of colleges and universities to assess their quality.
Each subject area in LibreTexts contains a mix of content such as texts, homework exercises, interactive applications, visualizations and simulations, laboratory experiments, and worksheets. Although the resource still leans toward the physical sciences, it also carries materials for humanities, mathematics and statistics.
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Find and Reuse: Humanities Illustrations
Online open textbooks are a great resource for Humanities illustrations. Images can be reused in slides, handbooks, and virtual labs.