Review existing OERs for remix

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A significant feature of the OERu model is that courses are based solely on OER and typically assembled from existing OER. The purpose of this page is to identify any gaps in the course materials or where improvement will be required to meet the standards of your institution. The content and structure of this page will be determined by your approach for the course, for example:
  • If this is an existing course developed by your institution to be released under a free cultural works approved open license, this page might contain a summary identifying any third party copyright resources which must be replaced by OERs.
  • If the course is a full OER course sourced on the Internet, this page will summarize any gaps between the OER course and your specified learning outcomes.
  • If the course is assembled from OERs from a variety of sources, this page may contain a summary of the resources reviewed to assist with selection of the most suitable resources for reuse and/or remix. See for example this review of existing OERs for the Open Content Licensing course.
  • Be sure to consider the file formats of the source materials to estimate the effort required for conversion into editable formats.
  • Many courses may direct learners to open access materials available on the web. Here the licensing of the materials, formats etc are less of an issue. However all core OERu course materials, for instance study guides, must be available under a free cultural works approved license (CC-BY, CC-BY-SA or Public Domain declaration) and available in open file formats to be accommodated on the WikiEducator platform.


QUERY: Might need to distinguish whether we are focussing on OER (resources) or 'Open Courseware', or maybe we start big picture then roll down to more specific resources to fill in gaps . . .

WikiSource has a heap of psychology relevant sources that turn up in a psychology search including original works by Jung and Freud that are now in the public domain, but beware that some of them are 'works in progress'.

Open Courses

There seem to be lots of Psychology courses already available which are tagged as OER, although the copyright licensing does not always allow modification. is the one we have identified to start from.

Another great source looks to be the Wikiversity Psychology page and its linked Introduction to Psychology course.

There are lots of further examples listed in the Open Courseware Consortium. I have downloaded materials from 4 that were readily accessible in modifiable forms, AND had clear licensing statements:

  • Washington State Board for Community & Technical Colleges
  • African Virtual University
  • Massachsetts Institute of Technology
  • Open University UK

(Comment.gif: Check the licenses carefully -- if we want to embed and remix materials, we can only use CC-BY or CC-BY-SA. Otherwise we will need to point to the externally hosted sites. --Mackiwg 06:03, 12 February 2013 (UTC))

They are available for us to preview / review and 'mashup' in the Open Polytechnic Moodle site before we construct more in Wikieducator.

Open texts

Examples of Open Textbooks on psychology sourced from various repositories / clearinghouses. Note that I have included only real 'books': standard publicly available websites which turn up in searches have been excluded.

Dewey, R. Psychology:An Introduction  (book appears dated and includes advertising).
From Flatworld Knowledge see:
Click the 'Read Online' button on the right of the linked pages to access the online books.
It's also useful to understand their free / buy / adapt publishing model.

Also check out Wikibooks 'Psychology' 

Open videos

1. Youtube now makes it possible for contributors to upload CC-BY videos, however, the only way to search on the licensing criteria seems to be through the edit/mashup area (for which you need to be logged in with your own channel).

Components of the following might be usable for an open psychology course:

2. TED Talks can be downloaded and reused so long as they are not adapted (CC-BY-NC-SA see licensing page at The ones I looked at seem to include the ability to download with subtitles in various languages. Some relevant examples might include: