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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
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 assitance with OERs, contact the Gumberg Library or Melody Diehl Detar, Instructional Design Librarian.
80 Tools for OER Authoring
From the Open Education Database
Allows authors to create dynamic textbooks
OER Commons Authoring
From the site: "Create Open Educational Resources (on your own, or with others) with our publishing tools. Our authoring tools help you build OER, lesson plans, and courses—and then publish them, to the benefit of educators and learners everywhere. "
This guide was originally created by Marcia Rapchak, Ed.D.