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LIBRARY GUIDE TO Open Educational Resources for Faculty

OER's and Open Education
Open Educational Resources (OER) are teaching, learning and research resources released under an open license that permits their free use and repurposing by others, in accordance to their Creative Commons license.

Open Educational Resources are broadly considered to meet the “5Rs Framework,” meaning that users are free to:
  • Retain: Users have the right to make, archive, and "own" copies of the content;
  • Reuse:  Content can be reused in its unaltered form;
  • Revise: Content can be adapted, adjusted, modified or altered;
  • Remix: The original or revised content can be combined with other content to create something new;
  • Redistribute: Copies of the content can be shared with others in its original, revised or remixed form.
OER's are part of the Open Education movement that believes knowledge should be free and open to use and re-use. Read more about OER on wikipedia and in the Free to Learn Guide produced as a result of a grant from The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation.
Examples of OER's
What are some examples of OER Materials?   
  • Full university courses, complete with readings, videos of lectures, homework assignments, and lecture notes.
  • Interactive mini-lessons and simulations about a specific topic, such as math or physics.
  • Adaptations of existing open work.
  • Electronic textbooks that are peer-reviewed and frequently updated.
  • Elementary school and high school (K-12) lesson plans, worksheets, and activities that are aligned with state standards.
Teaching with OER

Teaching online with OpenStax to support emerging social distancing requirements - blog post

OpenStax Community Hubs - view resources created to enhance Openstax textbooks


OER new & legislation
U.S. bills and legislation
Open Textbook Pilot funding was secured through the two-year bipartisan budget deal for Fiscal Years 2018 and 2019, which included $2 billion per year in designated funds to aid college completion and affordability.

Fiscal year 2020 negotiations are ongoing - current bills released include a $6 million appropriation. 

Savings Reports
"OpenStax estimates that the 2.2 million students are saving $177 million by using the free, openly licensed books"
Open Education literature
OpenEdGroupinterdisciplinary group of people working to promote research on the OER. 

Open Education newsletter - can subscribe or read past newsletters 

Community College Consortium for Open Educational Resources (CCCOER) - webinar series 

#OER on Twitter 

Library Contact
Picture: Julia Rodriguez

Julia Rodriguez
Associate Professor / Nursing, Health Sciences & Scholarly Communications Librarian

Schedule a research consultation (Fall & Winter only)

If none of the time slots work for you or if there are none available, email me directly and suggest a date & time and I will do my best to accommodate you.

CC license
Finding Open Education materials
OER Resources
  • California Open Online Library for Education - search engine for courses, textbooks and with peer-reviews
  • The Orange Grove- Florida's repository of OER
  • LibreText - Library of open textbooks and ancillary materials produced in partnership with U-Cal System and the U.S. Department of Education. 
  • Mason OER Finder - George Mason University's real-time federated search engine for OER materials, searches include public domain library of congress, JSTOR open access, directory of OA books etc.  
  • MERLOT - Multimedia Educational Resource for Learning and Online Teaching
  • OER Commons - offers a comprehensive infrastructure for curriculum experts and instructors at all levels to identify high-quality OER and collaborate around their adaptation, evaluation, and use to address the needs of teachers and learners.
  • OASIS -  search tool that aims to make the discovery of open content easier. 
  • OpenResources for STEM - Open Education Consortium (OEC)
  • SkillsCommons - Free and OPEN digital library of Workforce Training Materials
Open textbooks and monographs:
  • Affordable Learning Georgia - List of courses and the adopted OER resource for top 100 undergraduate courses
  • BC OpenCampus - Search open textbooks created by BC OpenCampus and partners
  • LibreText - Library of open textbooks and ancillary materials produced in partnership with U-Cal System and the U.S. Department of Education. 
  • Openstax College: free textbooks are developed and peer-reviewed by educators to ensure they are readable, accurate, and meet the scope and sequence requirements of your course. collaboration with Rice University
  • OpenCulture - over 200 free textbooks pulled from a variety of openedu sites.
  • Open Textbooks- a collection of twenty-nine educational non-profit and for-profit organizations, affiliated with more than 200 colleges, focused on driving awareness and adoptions of open textbooks.
  • Open Textbook library - search tool to help instructors find affordable, quality textbook solutions. All textbooks in this library are complete and openly licensed. (created by University of Minnesota with university partners like Purdue, Cleveland State, Oregon State)
  • Open Research Library - Access and download openly published monographs from multiple university presses and other publishers
  • Open SUNY Textbooks - large subject catalog of open textbooks available for adoption and reuse
  • Rebus Community - platform for creating and publishing open textbook
Open Courses and supplemental materials
Open Courses, homework systems and supplemental materials (some with $ structure) 
  • Openstax partner Lumen Learning offers a wide array of open content that you can access for free. Their Waymaker and OHM modules are low-cost homework platforms that can be integrated with Moodle.  View all Openstax partner companies. 
  • MIT OpenWare - is a web-based publication of virtually all MIT course content. OCW is open and available to the world.
  • OEDd - Open Education database - A tool that lets you explore over 10,000 free open courses and interactive resources from top universities around the world.
  • Study.com - ($) courses and supplemental content fee-based  
Creative Commons Images/ Sound
Subject list for location open texbooks & OER
This is a growing list of resources based on requests from faculty. If you would like a subject list created contact your librarian.  If the subject you are looking for is not listed above try checking the following guides:
  • BCOopen Campus Discipline Guide -  lists a range of open educational resources organized by discipline. This guide is updated as new resources are identified.
  • McMaster University’s OER by Discipline Guide - broad range of open textbooks and OER organized by academic programs available at McMaster University
  • BMCC-CUNY Subjects Guide - open and affordable textbook program
  • OERI (ASCCC Open Educational Resources Initiative) - Subject resources Full course content included with syllabi 
  • OASIS -  Search engine developed by SUNY to make the discovery of open content easier.
  • Michigan Colleges Online subject list
  • UConn Library open textbooks by subject guide.
  • UOklahoma Libraries discipline guide 
OER and open textbook adoptions
What are Creative Commons licenses?

Creative Commons licenses are legally enforceable licenses that creators and other rights holders can use to offer certain usage rights to the public, while reserving other right with the aim of expanding the range of things available for others to share, quote, adapt, and build upon.

Creative Commons licenses do two things:

  • They allow creators to share their work easily
  • They allow everyone to find work that is free to use without having to obtain permission

As long as you obey the terms of the license attached to the work, you can use Creative Commons licensed material without fear of accidentally infringing someone’s copyright. 

The nonprofit Creative Commons organization works to increase the amount of creativity (cultural, educational, and scientific content) in “the commons” — the body of work that is available to the public for free and legal sharing, use, repurposing, and remixing.

Types of CC licenses
For more on each CC licenses and how they are used read descriptions on the CC website and or download this guide.

Types of Creative Commons licenses:
list of cc licenses
graphic borrowed from https://theindiedesign.co/creative-commons-royalty-free-public-domain-licenses/
Why Use CC license?
Using a CC license enables for open educational resources to allow for the 5R's 
  • Retain
  • Reuse
  • Revise
  • Remix
  • Redistribute
When a creator or copyright holder assigns an open license to their work they are specifying how they want others to reuse it. Open licensing does not replace copyright. Open licenses work with copyright to promote shared use. This changes the copyright from “all rights reserved” to “some rights reserved.”  More info https://www.cccoer.org/learn/open-licensing/
How to Use CC licenses
  1. You can use the license chooser to determine which license is right for you. 
  2. Download creative commons license logos and use on your work 


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