Library guide for teachers: Open education and open educational resources

A library guide to support the teaching work

Open Educational Resources (OER)

What are Open Educational Resources (OER)?

"Open Educational Resources are teaching, learning or research materials that are in the public domain or released with an intellectual property license that allows for free use, adaptation, and distribution." UNESCO, 2016

Why OER?

  • provide equitable access to required content
  • learners able to access course materials from day one forward
  • students equitable opportunity to succeed
  • enable new method and strategies for learning

Open Education Resources collections

The Ministry of Education and Culture and the Finnish National Agency for Education are developing a national service for open educational resources (OERs). The service is coordinated by CSC – IT Center for Science. The service and the OERs are free to use for teachers, learners and for all citizens.

In the Library of Open Educational Resources, you can search for, find, compile and save your own open educational resources.

More OER collections:

Open Educational Resources and copyright

For OER, the most widely used open licenses are Creative Commons (CC) licenses

Open science and images  ImagOA guide

Finding open resources

A few examples of finding open publications in publisher services:

De Gruyter - on the left column find "Accessible Content" where you can choose whether you want to limit the content to licensed or open content.

Elsevier ScienceDirect - you can filter the OA-content from the research results. keen

Other resources for open access material

For more information, contact

Library services for open publishing

Do you want to publish an open textbook or other open monograph?

It is possible in the open Helda repository of the University of Helsinki. There are two kinds of ways to do it:

  • You can publish your textbook openly in Helda if you have all the rights to the work
  • We can preserve an e-version of a previously published printed book if you can get the publishing rights from the publisher

In both cases we ask you to contact

Editori - A platform for open journal publishing and learning publishing practices

The publishing platform Editori is based on Open Journal Systems (OJS)-platform which is already in use in of The Federation of Finnish Learned Societies. With Editori you can start a new open journal or transform an existing journal to open access. All articles are shared with CC BY-license ja the service is free to use for personnel and students of University of Helsinki.

You can use Editori in teaching good scientific publishing practices as well. You can train submitting, peer reviewing, editorial work and editing with it. Editori is a suitable tool for especially Ph. D. student training.

Editori portal:
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