OERs are educational materials that are specifically designed by their creator/s to be openly available, and are often licensed to be re-used, re-mixed, and re-distributed. Open is not just about low cost (though that is an important benefit of using OER) but about the ability to take what others have created, customize it for your specific educational needs, and then share your creation with others.
Contact your subject specialist for assistance with identifying OER materials for your course, and see our Affordable Learning Solutions Library Guide for more information:
Library instruction will be conducted both in-person or online depending on your class format and librarian availability. If teaching virtually, synchronous and asynchronous options are available depending on your course and needs. Work with your subject librarian directly for more details and research options.
The CSUB Library offers library instruction to students, staff, faculty, and the community. Types of instruction include:
Designed to familiarize library users with the Walter W. Stiern Library, library orientations acquaint students with our collections, services, and policies.
Course/Subject or Assignment-Specific Instruction
Instruction sessions may be tailored to library resources specific to a subject area, assignment, or research topic. They are taught according to the needs of the class by librarians who serve as subject area specialists.
Information Literacy Instruction
Information literacy is a set of skills that enable individuals to recognize when information is needed and to have the ability to locate, evaluate and effectively and ethically use the needed information. It is often included in subject specific instruction, and library orientations.
Individual Help /Research Consultations
Subject specialist librarians are happy to provide one-on-one assistance in the form of research consultations (30-40 minute appointments). Contact your subject librarian directly to schedule an appointment.
Online Instruction / Tutorials / Research Guides
Library Orientation and other online tutorials (e.g., plagiarism, popular vs. scholarly sources) may be used by individual students wishing to enhance their skills, or by professors in conjunction with a course or assignment. Most tutorials offer a quiz, so instructors are encouraged to link to these from Blackboard or Canvas and/or assign them to their students for credit. Research Guides are also useful for identifying discipline-specific resources.
"Information literacy is the set of integrated abilities encompassing the reflective discovery of information, the understanding of how information is produced and valued, and the use of information in creating new knowledge and participating ethically in communities of learning."