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Open Educational Resources

An introduction to Open Educational Resources (OER) for students and faculty members who are interested in incorporating these resources into teaching and learning.

Basic Tools for Creating OER

Want to create a video for your next lecture or online course? The following tools allow you to record a screen-captioned video to share with your students or peers. A screen capture refers to a process that records audio and video component on your computer screen.

This is a free, web-based screen capturing tool which can be used for up to 15 minutes of recording time. Screencast-O-Matic allows video creation in multiple formats (mp4, avi and flv) and uploads to its site or YouTube.

Teaching Strategies:  

  • Use Screencast-O-Matic to provide a video introduction of yourself for a course, whether it’s online, hybrid or face-to-face.
  • Need to respond to a student question, but it would take too long to type it out or need to "show it?" Use this tool to personalize your response or keep it general and use it again later.
  • Keep your first video short until you become more familiar with the tools and process.
Did you know that YouTube has editing capabilities and an automatic text captioning feature?
  • Once you've created a video, use this popular platform to share with your students
  • Use YouTube to upload a transcript of a video to ensure accessibility for all students
  • Check out this YouTube video that quickly walks you through closed captioning

Tech Tips:  You can categorize your video files as public, private or unlisted. Use “Mashups” in Blackboard to easily view and share YouTube videos.

More Video Tools

Create animated videos
  • Basic features are free
  • Premium features for a cost
  • Consider using it as an alternative to PowerPoint‚Äč
This freeware converts videos to multiple formats and has editing features.  There is a Windows and Mac version.
TimelineJS is an open-source tool for building interactive timelines. Beginners can create a timeline using nothing more than a Google spreadsheet.