Incorporating Open Education Resources into Your Class

Incorporating Open Education Resources into Your Class

Open Education Resources (OER) is an alternate delivery method that considers diverse learner needs. One reason for its adoption is the cost of textbooks – a cost students indicate they can no longer tolerate. Often employed in the field of education, its use is less frequently reported in nursing. While faculty may be keen to embrace OERs, they may be less familiar with what constitutes OERs, their benefits, or their impact on student outcomes. This interactive session is designed to increase participant understanding of OERs, provide helpful resources for accessing and developing OERs, and to share current research on the use of OERs.

Session Objectives:
Following this session, participants will be able to:

  • Explain what constitutes OERs
  • Distinguish between faculty and student perspectives about OERs
  • Describe the impact of OERs on student learning outcomes.


Karen Morin

Karen Morin, PhD, RN, ANEF, FAAN, is Professor Emeritus, the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee. She recently retired from UWM in July 2018 for the second time, having been asked to return to serve as the Interim Associate Dean for Academic Affairs from July 1, 2017, to June 30, 2018. Dr. Morin has held teaching positions at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, Thomas Jefferson University, Widener University, the Pennsylvania State University, and Western Michigan University. Upon her initial retirement, she obtained a Visiting Professor position at the University of West Georgia, Tanner System School of Nursing. She has extensive experience in nursing education, having taught students at all levels. She served as Associate Editor for the “Journal of Nursing Education” from 2012 to 2017, and she currently serves as Associate Editor of the “Journal of Clinical Nursing.” She is an accomplished author, having published more than 200 articles, editorials, and columns. She has spoken to national and international audiences on a variety of topics, including the need to develop leaders, succession planning, and faculty-development needs. She has been recognized for her teaching abilities, including receipt of the Excellence in Teaching, National League for Nursing in 2003, and the Excellence in Nursing Education Award, Association of Women’s Health, Obstetric, and Neonatal Nurses in 1999. She served as President of Sigma Theta Tau International, the Honor Society of Nursing from 2009 to 2011. She currently is a faculty member in Sigma’s Emerging Educational Administrator Institute. Dr. Morin holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Ottawa (Ontario, Canada), an MSN from the University of Central Arkansas, and a Doctorate of Science in Nursing [converted to a PhD in December 2013] from the University of Alabama at Birmingham.