Open Educational Resources (OER) are free materials for teaching and learning that can be reused and/or modified (based on the creative commons copyright license). Resources may include textbooks, articles, videos, and other multimedia materials.
Open Access (OA) is access to scholarly material such as publications, journals, and articles. The material is free to use depending on the creative commons license. They cannot be modified; however.
The resources provided in this guide are a mix of OER and OA resources. The main difference between Open Educational Resources and Open Access Resources is whether material can or cannot be modified; both models are openly available to use.
Licensed Resources are ebooks, journals, articles, documents, films, and primary sources purchased and curated by the Stanley Library to support teaching, learning, and research at Ferrum College.
An important element of open educational resources, specifically open textbooks in the B.C. Open Textbook Collection, is that they are openly licensed, but what does that mean?
Open licenses enable collaboration, development, access, and inspiration from your creative works without requiring you to give up the rights (copyright) automatically granted to you for your creation.
Ferrum College complies with copyright laws regarding the exclusive rights of materials by copyright owners. All employees and students of Ferrum College are expected to adhere to federal copyright laws. The College educates the campus community on issues related to copyright use and takes measures to limit the unlawful use of copyrighted materials. You can find Ferrum College's Copyright Policy here.
While we fully respect the exclusive rights that copyright holders have, we as a not-for-profit educational institution, value our rights to fair use of materials as outlined in the law. These include certain educational exemptions for fair use, classroom and online teaching, and circulation of library materials. We recognize that we must review all four factors outlined in Section 107 of the Copyright Act, to assess whether a use falls within the fair use exemption. These include:
Items in the public domain are not protected by intellectual property laws, including copyright, trademark, or patent laws. The public domain belongs to the public – no individual can claim any right to the material, and it can be used by anyone without obtaining permission.
*Copyright law varies from country to country, and a work can be in the public domain in one country, but not necessarily in another.
1) Click the Advanced Search on the OneSearch Tool
2) Click Citation Finder
3) Enter the Citation Information or, if you have the DOI or PMID, even better!
4) Click Submit
5) Copy the URL and paste it into Brightspace
*Note: To assure success off-campus, make sure you include the proxy information in your link.
Questions? Contact us!
NOTE: To assure that the resource is available from off campus, be sure to prepend the library's proxy server information like so: https://ezproxy.ferrum.edu/login?url=http://resolver.ebscohost.com/openurl/?rft_id=info:ofi/nam:info:pmid:10117372
“Recommendation on Open Educational Resources (OER).” UNESCO.org, 25 Nov. 2019, https://www.unesco.org/en/legal-affairs/recommendation-open-educational-resources-oer.
Spilovoy, T., Seaman, J. & Ralph, N. (2020). The impact of OER initiatives on faculty selection of classroom materials. https://www.onlinelearningsurvey.com/reports/impactofoerinitiatives.pdf