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Miami University Libraries Resources

The Miami University Libraries provides an array of resources and expertise to facilitate content curation and help faculty navigate the myriad issues involved in ensuring things like copyright compliance during remote instruction.

Librarians have created subject and course guides to provide specific resources for an area of study or for a particular class, as well as topic guides such as Citation, Academic Integrity, Newspapers, and Visual Literacy. 

In addition, an extensive collection of video tutorials helps you navigate the various resources available to you and your students. 

To see the wide variety of support services available to you, be sure to check out their Faculty Resources  and Course Resources pages. 


Video Resources

The MU Libraries are your indispensable partner in providing you with access to a variety of video resources that meet copyright requirements. Streaming videos that you can have added to your Canvas course are available through platforms like Swank and Kanopy, among others. Check out their Streaming Videos Options page for a full list.

To request a specific video, visit the library's Streaming Video Reserves page.


Open Educational Resources

Open Educational Resources (OER) are any type of media that is free and publicly available for educators and students to use, reuse, repurpose, and sometimes modify for educational purposes.

The idea of OER has been around for a while, but in the last few years, states, organizations, and educational institutions have pushed for these resources to be systemically available through online repositories, some of which have been peer-reviewed through national metrics such as Quality Matters. Today, if you perform a web search on OER, you will find a large number of OER initiatives around the world and sites that offer open content ranging from learning objects to textbooks to whole courses often available under one of the open Creative Commons Licenses that allows for reuse, revision, remixing and redistribution.

Miami has embraced and is actively encouraging OER implementation and affordable learning initiatives through various outreach, workshop, and grant opportunities. Be sure to check out: 

  • Miami University Library's OER LibGuide, as Miami University library staff are a great resource for your search for OER resources in your subject matter domain. 
  • The Academic Affairs page on OER, which includes information regarding grants and professional development funds for OER implementation.

Ultimately, OER and video resources are simply material things. Your insights, the teaching methods you employ, the dialogue you facilitate, and the outcomes you help students achieve are key players in successful learning experiences.