Open Educational Resources (OERs) Advocacy for Students.

International Open Access Week begins in thirty minutes. In the light of COVID-19, the impact and value of open access, especially open educational resources (OERs), has been at the fore of many conversations as higher education institutions across the country have moved to online or hybrid models. The following documents are advocacy guides for students who want to be an advocate for the adoption of OERs in their classrooms and beyond.

This posts contains two flyers on OER advocacy for students:
1. “Introduction to Open Educational Resources (OERs): A Student-Focused Resource Guide” provides descriptions of OERs, accessible to students in all stages of their OER knowledge. This document serves as an introduction to OERs.
2. “Open Educational Resources (OERs): Advocacy for Students” is a guide for students who want to advocate for OER usage and adoption on their campuses. This document contains more details on what OERs are and how they work, equipping students to answer common questions about OERs.

As OERs under a CC BY-SA and CC BY license, these documents are available to adapt and modify. These documents were created using the free version of Canva. The steps to modify this document as as follows:

  1. Go to this link:
  2. Select the option to “edit design.”
  3. If you have a Canva account, log in. If not, create a free account.
  4. Go to the homepage of Canva and follow the path to the “shared with you folder” on the lefthand side of the page.
  5. Select the document and click “Make a Copy
  6. This will open a document that you can modify!

It is extremely important to create a copy of the guide before you edit. If this step is not followed, your edits will be shown on the original copy of the document, changing it for all other users.

Introduction to Open Educational Resources (OERs): A Student-Focused Resource Guide by Tiffany MacLennan is licensed under CC BY-SA 4.0. 
Open Educational Resources (OER) Advocacy for Students by Tiffany MacLennan is licensed under CC BY 4.0. 

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