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Open Educational Resources (OER): Home

This guide provides information about finding and using open educational resources.

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This video “Why OER?” is licensed under CC BY by The Council of Chief State School Officers

About this guide
This research guide will familiarize faculty members with Open Educational Resources (OER) and the growing OER movement within higher education. Faculty can also use this guide to identify sources of high-quality OER for use in their courses.

What are Open Educational Resources?
Open Educational Resources (OER) are learning materials that have been shared online such as textbooks, workbooks, and course modules that have been specifically labeled as free for anyone to download, customize and reuse.

Why should you consider OER?
Between 2008 and 2016 the cost of college textbooks has risen 88% (Bureau of Labor Statistics), and the College Board estimates that full-time students in 2-year colleges spent as much as $1300 per year (2015-2016) on textbooks. Struggling students and their families are increasingly forced to make hard choices about whether to purchase required course materials that they cannot afford or to attempt to pass their courses without them. Though students are the ones that have to pay for course textbooks, they have very little ability to influence the textbook market. Only Faculty members have the power to determine the amount of money students will have to spend on their course materials. Interested in replacing your expensive textbooks with an OER but don’t know how to get started? The library can help!