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Open Educational Resources

This guide provides an introduction to Open Educational Resources (OER) and links to resources like databases containing them.

Benefits of OER

Using OER in your teaching offers both you and your students many benefits including:

  • Students have free and easy access to course materials from the first day of class
  • Combine different open resources into a custom course text that perfectly matches your learning goals and students' needs.
  • Update examples used in the text and make the language more relatable and inclusive.
  • Add examples of student work and use assignments to create student-generated content
  • Affordable hardcopies and print-on-demand services are available from many open publishers and sellers
  • Integration with Moodle and other LMS often available

For examples of the kinds of assignments made possible by using OER, see the Teaching with OER page of this guide.

The Textbook Crisis


Source: Gina Echevarria and Jordan Bowman, Business Insider (2018)

Source: Ben Popken, NBC News (July 31, 2015)

Textbook prices in context

The Future of the Textbook