Open Educational Resources (OER) are freely available learning and teaching resources designed to take the place of traditional textbooks and course materials. OER are accessible to all and often allow for reusing and remixing the content.
Types of OER include textbooks, primary sources, courses, syllabi, videos, and more. Many of the links in this guide are produced and peer reviewed by academics and are designed with the instructor in mind.
As the price of a college tuition has risen exponentially over the last few decades, so too have textbooks (some 1000% between 1977-2015, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics). These prohibitive costs can prevent students from purchasing required readings for courses, hurting their performance in class. OER were designed to combat this via a variety of different types of material designed to be used and reused within the classroom.
Unlike traditional educational resources, most OER allow for editing and remixing. If you have questions about which OER to use or how to create your own OER, please contact Becca Pad.
When thinking about OER for a class, faculty should keep the following in mind: