In addition to the services that OET directly provides, there are multiple online resources that can assist faculty and staff in the development of instructional activities and the design of courses and programs. This section is dedicated to resources for online education, teaching and learning, and professional development. Some will be created by OET, often using Open Educational Resources (OER), others will be from sources external to CSUF.
The Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA) and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 require the CSU to provide qualified individuals with disabilities equal access to their programs, services, or activities. Access to educational resources is considered an area where the ADA applies. OET is committed to providing information and training opportunities for faculty to help them create accessible instructional materials.
OER are teaching, learning, and research resources that reside in the public domain or have been released under an intellectual property license that permits their free use and re-purposing by others for teaching, learning and research. Open educational resources include full courses, course materials, modules, textbooks, streaming videos, tests, software, and any other tools, materials, or techniques used to support access to knowledge. Faculty can construct their complete course by selecting online materials to cover individual topics or finding an open access book to replace their textbook.
Online education is becoming the most popular form of distance education. Higher education is using the Internet to reach students anywhere, anytime. Software and hardware have emerged to help teachers design and teach courses available for all students in a ubiquitous manner. The student-centered teaching environment of these classes requires an understanding of how to design, implement and assess curriculum content. OET is committed to helping faculty members enhance and strengthen their current skills to become more effective in the principles and practices of online teaching.
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