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Open Educational Resources: OER

This guide will provide faculty members with resources to find and create Open Educational Resources

What are Open Educational Resources? 

Open Educational Resources (OER) are freely available, reusable documents, assessments, courses media, textbooks, and more. They are shared by universities, colleges, individual instructors, and instructional designers to both assist instructors in teaching and to ease the financial burden for resources on students. This guide will provide you with links to find OER and links to create them yourself. 

Why should faculty use or develop OERs? 

OERs have a number of benefits. They can help with

  • Student success 
  • Innovation
  • Cost-cutting 
  • Accessibility 
  • Adaptability 

See more in the Why OERs tab 

How can the library help with OERs? 

The library can assist you in: 

  • Identifying Open Educational Resources that are reliable and appropriate for your course
  • Determining the copyright or licensing status of materials you wish to use 
  • Identifying resources for creating your own OER
  • Finding Creative Commons and Open Access images for your own OER 
  • Identifying platforms to host your OER

For assistance with OERs, contact the Gumberg Library or Melody Diehl Detar, Instructional Design Librarian.

Links to OER collections

Other Guides to OERs

TRU Open Education Resources (OERs) Primer - an introduction to the purpose and use of OER, from Thompson Rivers University

Open Educational Resources - A guide to OER, from the Austin Community College District

Links to OER courses 

Links to create OER

This guide was originally created by Marcia Rapchak, Ed.D.