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Open Educational Resources (OER) for Faculty

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Quick Open Educational Resources (OER) Information

OER are:

teaching, learning, and research resources that are free of cost and access barriers, and which also carry legal permission for open use. Generally, this permission is granted by use of an open license... which allows anyone to freely use, adapt and share the resource—anytime, anywhere.

Often in OER Organizations and projects, you will find a saying much like the three R's of recycling. For OER, it is the five R's:

Users have the right to make, archive, and ‘own’ copies of the content.
Content can be reused in its unaltered form.
Content can be adapted, adjusted, modified or altered; Professors have the ability to change the information presented in the OER.
The original or revised content can be combined with other content to create something new.
Copies of the content can be shared with others in its original, revised, or remixed form. SPARC, Open Education.

To quickly summarize the potential benefits of OER:

For Students

  • Lower costs of attending University
  • Less of a loan burden after school, reducing payments and defaults

For Faculty

  • More control over instruction
  • More diverse course content
  • Reducing the need to deal with publishers and the bookstore
  • Students having course materials at the start of the semester

For the University

  • Improvements in retention, graduation, and loan default rates.

As Perceived by Faculty (Chae & Jenkins, 2015)

  • Lack of Time
  • Uninviting Climate
  • Copyright Uncertainty
  • Lack of Technology and Technology Skills
  • Difficulty in reviewing materials
  • Difference in course specifications


  • Accessibility
  • Sustainability
  • Regulations

Guide Layout

This section covers OER definitions, best practices, policies, creation, and use.

For further information, check out the OER Basics page

The subsections for Finding OER are:

Start Here
OER resources that contain various materials collected from multiple resources.
OER resources that provide a strong Textbook collection.
Courseware & Class Materials
OER resources that provide a strong collection of full-course materials.
OER resources that provide a strong book collection.
OER resources that provide a strong collection of materials to create OER such as videos, music, lectures, icons, images, simulations, primary documents, clip art, sheet music, comics, etc.
OA Journals
Open Access Journals to supplement subscribed library databases.

This page will redirect you to resources the Library subscribes to. Since students have access to these resources, they can help you craft a course without the students needing to spend money.

For further information, check out the Subscribed Library Resources page.

This section provides you with links to other OER projects conducted at other institutions.

For further information, check out the OER Projects page.

This section provides you with links to OER organizations not otherwise listed in the other sections.

For further information, check out the OER Organizations page.

Guide Information

To aide in:

  • understanding
  • finding
  • and ultimately the creation of OER.

Listed Resources have shown to have:

  • a strong collection of materials
  • and noticeable licensing information.

The Library has not evaluated these resources for content nor accessibility. Use your professional and subject expertise in evaluating and using these resources.

The guide will be updated periodically based on newly found resources and faculty feedback.