Open Educational Resources (OER)

Information and resources on Open Educational Resources (OER) available to faculty & students free of cost.

Getting Started with OER

The following selection of readings will define OER and provide information for those new to the concept.

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What Are Open Education Resources (OER)?

What are Open Educational Resources (OERs)?

"Open Educational Resources (OERs) are any type of educational materials that are in the public domain or introduced with an open license. The nature of these open materials means that anyone can legally and freely copy, use, adapt and re-share them. OERs range from textbooks to curricula, syllabi, lecture notes, assignments, tests, projects, audio, video and animation." (UNESCO)

This material is based on original writing by David Wiley, which was published freely under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 license at http://opencontent.org/definition/.

OER News & Updates

Report: Students Prefer Courses That Use Open Educational Resources
October 2018  |  Campus Technology

What Students Should Know About OER and Why Professors Should Use Them
August 2018  |  The Lantern

OpenStax Partner Schools Expected to Save Students $17.4M on Textbooks
August 2018  |  Rice University News

The Impact of Open Educational Resources of Various Student Success Metrics
July 2018 | International Journal of Teaching and Learning in Higher Education
A new large-scale study that investigates the impact of OER on student learning outcomes, particularly on students from historically underserved populations.

OER Advocacy

Advocacy

Community College Consortium for Open Educational Resources
A consortium of over 200 colleges "expanding access to education by promoting awareness and adoption of Open Educational Resources (OER)."

Open Education Consortium 
A "worldwide community of hundreds of higher education institutions and associated organizations committed to advancing open education and its impact on global education."

Open Washington
Managed by the Washington State Board for Community and Technical Colleges, this site provides a short OER workshop, a list of OER resources, an OER attribution builder, and OER success stories.

SPARC: Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition
"SPARC is an international alliance of academic and research libraries working to create a more open system of scholarly communications."