Earn a Certificate of Completion!

What is the MI ExplOER Certification?

The MI ExplOER certification is an online progression of learning modules that cover copyright and Creative Commons licensing; finding, evaluating, and using OER content; communicating the value of OER to campus communities; and an overview of the Michigan OER landscape. The modules include embedded assessments, worksheet templates, and a summative quiz at the end. The goal of the certification is to provide Michigan colleges with an out-of-the box professional development unit for faculty that can be paired with new or existing OER initiatives or incentive programs. Institutions can also use modules independently for OER education or promotion efforts. Michigan Learn OER is a project of the Michigan Academic Library Association OER Interest Group.

Who is the MI ExplOER Certification for?

  • Michigan Librarians

    • New to OER? Come away with understanding & ability to help school or community find and access OER content.

    • Use or adapt modules for on campus promotion of and education about OER.

    • Include as part of school or campus OER initiative or program to increase OER adoption and use.

  • Michigan Teaching Faculty

    • Professional development opportunity to learn more about OER

    • Learn how to find, evaluate, and adopt or create OER course content.

    • Ensure ethical adoption and use of OER content

    • Save students money

    • Customize content to course for greater effectiveness

  • Michigan Administrators and Staff

    • Gain an understanding of the benefits of OER

    • Learn about the statewide OER institutional landscape and the organizations that advocate for OER creation and use.

  • Michigan Graduate Students

    • Learn how to find, evaluate, and adopt or create OER course content.

    • Increase awareness of affordable textbook options

    • Understand the benefits of OER in student success

PD, CEU or Learning Badge Credits:

Each institution has its own requirements as to what qualifies for Professional Development credit. Most require a clear hour equivalent and verification of attendance and/or completion.

You can use the following information to work with your campus for approval:

  • Number of hours = 3

  • Includes automatic Certification of Completion with 80% pass rate

  • Completion will be recorded in MI ExplOER annual statistics. Personal identifying data will not be shared.