In an effort to a more engaging learning experience for students, faculty should strive to use a variety of instructional materials, including instructor-created content (e.g. Panopto videos, PowerPoint slides, or Word documents). By including a variety of instructional materials and alternative means to access those materials, instructors meet the needs of diverse learners.
All course materials must align and contribute to the completion of your learning objectives and assessments.
Open Educational Resources (OER) are learning tools that exist in the public domain or released with intellectual property licenses (usually Creative Commons) allowing their free use, continuous improvement, and modification by others. For additional information and to locate OERs, visit the UMKC Research Guide.
The Canvas Commons serves as another source for OER materials. The content stored in the Canvas Commons is generated by Canvas users across multiple education institutions using Canvas. Within the Canvas Commons, instructors may locate educational content to import directly into a Canvas course. Instructors may also contribute to the Canvas Commons by sharing their content.
The instructional materials provided to students can be from a variety of sources, but instructors must be aware of appropriate usage according to the copyright of the material. Instructors are encouraged to familiarize themselves with the UMKC Libraries’ Copyright Resource page.
Instructors may also want to review aspects of Fair Use as it relates to their instructional materials.
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