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Affordable Learning Georgia
Affordable Learning Georgia (ALG) is an initiative of the University System of Georgia (USG) to support the success of its students by encouraging the use of affordable course materials. Once you are at the Affordable Learning Georgia website click on Free textbooks and use the widgets to search for open textbooks for your classes.
You can also learn about open textbooks that are being used by the college and universities in the University System of Georgia. For example, the University Press of North Georgia has published the book entitled History in the Making: A History of the People of the United States of America to 1877.
This Libguide has been copied with the permission of James Tyler, at Meriam Library, CSU, Chico. It has been modified to meet the needs of the faculty and staff at Valdosta State University.
What are Open Educational Resources?
Open Educational Resources or OER's "are teaching and learning materials that you may freely use and reuse, without charge. That means they have been authored or created by an individual or organization that chooses to retain few, if any, ownership rights. For some of these resources, that means you can download the resource and share it with colleagues and students. For others, it may be that you can download a resource, edit it in some way, and then re-post it as a remixed work. OER often have a Creative Commons or GNU license that state specifically how the material may be used, reused, adapted, and shared." OER Commons (2014).
4 R's by David Wright
"1. Reuse – the right to reuse the content in its unaltered / verbatim form
2. Revise – the right to adapt, adjust, modify, or alter the content itself
3. Remix – the right to combine the original or revised content with other content to create something new
4. Redistribute – the right to make and share copies of the original content, your revisions, or your remixes with others" Wright (2009)
To learn more about the 4 R's, the University System of Georgia (USG) Faculty Development Series Archives has the webinar "Implementing the 4 R’s of Open Textbooks" at http://www.usg.edu/facultyresources/faculty_development/itunes_u_archives/ along with archives of other webinars on Merlot; Scholalry Open-Access Publishing, etc.
Turning a Resource into an Open Educational Resource
This video was produced by OER IPR Support and is on Youtube.