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Workshop: Open Educational Resources (OER) in the Humanities

Four examples of OER

The focus of this workshop is on finding Open Educational Resources (OER), on understanding OER licenses, and on using and adapting OER in presentations, publications, courses, and more. OER assets range from single files (image, video or audio clip) to textbooks and complete online courses. Evaluating and adopting high quality OER is the first step in finding inspiration to create materials with an OER license. 

This page introduces you to four examples of OER found in major OER repositories: 

  • an anthology
  • a lexikon
  • a project at Duke
  • OER at cultural heritage institutions


Image courtesy of Haley Walton

An Anthology


Recorridos: AP Spanish Literature Anthology 

The language of the Siglo de Oro can be an insurmountable barrier for many readers. This textbook provides     historical information, narrative techniques, lists of characters, themes and key words before they begin to read each chapter. While reading, vocabulary glossed in comprehensible Spanish appears in the margin opposite challenging . There is a student text and a teacher text.


A Lexicon


A Project at Duke


OER at Cultural Heritage Institutions

Many libraries and museums offer digital objects licensed for reuse. Speak to an International and Area Studies Librarian about finding institutions with an OER agenda, and use the Finding Images guide by Lee Sorensen.

The Spanish National Scholar’s Library: the wiser library that educates
BNEscolar is a collection of more than 8,500 digital resources selected from among Spain’s Biblioteca Nacional (BNE) collection because of their interest for teachers and educators.


Why use OER?


OER textbooks that replace expensive classroom texts can be of particular benefit to students by reducing the cost of education.


Source: Image courtesy of Haley Walton