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Open Educational Resources (OER)

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


Intro to OER, Copyright, and Open Licensing

What are open educational resources?

Readings & Other Resources

The Faculty OER Toolkit
Chapters 1 & 2 explain the basics of OER and discuss the different types of open resources.

STCC Library Copyright Guide
A website outlining the basics of copyright, fair use, and the TEACH Act. Includes various resources to help you determine if and how you may use a copyrighted work in the classroom.

Explanation of Open Licenses
A quick explanation of open licenses and their associated symbols. This will help you to understand what you can do with a resource, based on the licensing.

The 5 R's of Open
Understanding what you can do with a resource that is truly open.

Finding & Using Open Resources

Readings & Other Resources

Faculty OER Toolkit
Section 2 outlines the difference between adopting and adopting OER, as well as how to evaluate open resources that you find.

Faculty Guide for Evaluating Open Educational Resources
From BC Campus

OER Repositories
A list of OER repositories compiled by UMass Amherst

Suggested OER Repositories

OER Commons


Open Textbook Library

Mass Community College Hub
A repository of OER created at Massachusetts Community Colleges, including STCC

Authoring, Remixing, Accessibility

Readings & Other Resources: Accessibility

Creating accessible OER is imperative. Use these resources to ensure that all students can access and use any resources you are using in the classroom.

OER Accessibility Toolkit

Authoring Accessible OER

Open Washington: Accessibility

IT Accessibility Checklist

Readings & Other Resources: Authoring

A 7-Step Guide to Creating Your Own Open Educational Resources

Webinar: OER Authoring Tools

Webinar: Open Textbook Publishing and Adoption