Open Educational Resources

 

Becoming an OER author is easy. I’m sure you have something to share with the community, whether it is a case study or classroom activity. Openly licensed resources can be used and adapted freely, allowing professors to not only change the materials to suit their needs, but share their derivative resources with the community. Together, we can build a network of faculty dedicated to creating and disseminating social work knowledge!

Learn more about how to use Creative Commons licenses when using and sharing OER here.


 

Where can I find and share open educational resources?

 
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Browse our Resources

OSWE collaborators have organized resources into collections on our group’s page. We welcome anyone who wants to submit resources or contribute to our ongoing curation project. OWSE textbooks contain derivative resources that are also shared on OER Commons.

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Share and Collaborate

Sharing your resources to OER Commons is easy. Upload them to your university’s repository or a publicly available cloud storage folder and submit. You can also author resources using their tools.

OER Commons also contains a discussion forum where faculty can collaborate on new projects.

 
 

Browse Resources

Merlot has the largest collection of social work resources of any online repository. OSWE does not have a groups page on Merlot, so you will have to browse and search on your own.

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Share Your resources

Sharing your resources to Merlot is easy. Upload them to your university’s repository or a publicly available cloud storage folder and submit. You can also author resources using their tools.


 
 

Zero Textbook Cost Syllabi

While not strictly OER, we are also interested in cataloging and sharing any course preparations for social work courses with zero textbook costs to students.  These may use openly licensed material or materials that are available for free to students using library resources.  Please submit your syllabi to the repositories above or contact Matt DeCarlo via email who will post them here.  


 

Other Resource Libraries

SWERL: Social Work Engagement in Research Learning

SWERL is an excellent resource for faculty who teach research methods. While copyright and ownership is not always clear for all resources, faculty authoring OER and looking for resources will nevertheless find the community of sharing quite useful.