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Open and Affordable Educational Resources


What is OER(Definition)?

"Open Educational Resources are teaching, learning, and research resources that reside in the public domain or have been released under an intellectual property license that permits their free use and re-purposing by others. OER include full courses, course materials, modules, textbooks, streaming videos, tests, software, and any other tools, materials, or techniques used to support access to knowledge."
The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation

  • Adopt -- use an OER as is to replace high-cost materials
  • Adapt -- based on class contexts, combine multiple OER (and add original open content)
  • Author/Development -- publish and license your own work as OER

How to Adopt?

Provide your students an alternative to expensive textbooks by following these steps:

  1. Search for the appropriate textbooks for your course. (Browse the open textbooks sources found on this guide.)
  2. Review and evaluate the textbooks based on the content and whether it suits your teaching style and your students. 
  3. Decide if you want to use the textbook as is, edit, or modify the contents. If you want to make edits make sure the licensing allows that. 
  4. Distribute to your students.


Adapting / Modifying:


Why Use OER

Free and Legal to Retain, Reuse, Revise, Remix, and Redistribute:

  • Tailoring educational resources to the specific content for your course
  • Facilitate innovative style of teaching and learning
  • Allows instructor to go beyond the traditional confines
  • Provide most up-to-date information that is targeted to the students of a particular university

Access to Educational Resources from all over the world

  • Access the network of educators and researchers all over the world
  • Enhance collaborative learning

Improved Access to Information

  • OER helps provide your students access to book the first day of classes or before. 
  • OER reduces the financial burden on students
  • Less financial burden on student can mean increased graduation and retention rate.


Open License 

An Open License is type of license that grants permission to access, re-use and redistribute a work with few or no restrictions 

How to check License

There are many website that are created with the Open access Material and all the Material that is added to those websites are Open. Creator of the content can put the information for licensing using Creative Commons. 
Licensing Type
Please click here to see all licensing types.

Research OER

  1. Try to find search for a full book at 
  2. Look at the weekly SLO and search for a a specific Topic

Re-USE and Share

After finding your material. You may update as needed and share 

OER report