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Open Educational Resources (OER)

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This guide provides resources for faculty interested in adopting open educational resources (OER) in their teaching and publishing.  Use this page to find free and open textbooks, e-books, theses and dissertations, or online courseware to support research and teaching.

Open educational resources (OER) are resources for teaching, learning, and research that have been released in the public domain or with an open license. These resources include open textbooks, but also course modules and activities, quizzes and exams, and other ancillary materials. Because they are released under an open license, they give educators the right to retain, reuse, remix, revise, and redistribute (the 5Rs) these materials as they see fit.

OER can benefit students by eliminating the burden of expensive textbooks and course materials, which can improve student enrollment, retention, and grades1,2,3. Students can access OER materials on their first day of class (or even before) and keep them forever, and download them for easy access any time, anywhere.

OER can also benefit faculty by providing more flexibility and choice in course materials. Because OER are freely available online, faculty can assign just the parts they like to their students. And because many OER have permissive licenses, they can be mixed together to create something uniquely customized, revised, or adapted to better suit class content.

Materials released under an open license (often a Creative Commons license) give educators the 5Rs: the right to retain, reuse, remix, revise, and redistribute these materials as they see fit.

  • Retain
    • The right to make, own, and control copies of the content.
    • This includes the right to download, duplicate, and store copies of the work.
  • Reuse
    • The right to use the content in a variety of ways.
    • This includes the right to use in a classroom, on a website, in a video or lecture slides, etc.
  • Revise
    • The right to adapt, adjust, alter, or modify the content.
    • This includes the right to make a translation, adapt examples and exercises in text to fit your course needs, etc.
  • Remix
    • The right to combine the content with other content to make something new.
    • This includes the right to make a mashup of different sources into one.
  • Redistribute
    • The right to share copies of the original content or your revised/adapted version.

1Colvard, N. B., Watson, C. E., & Park, H. (2018). The impact of open educational resources on various student success metrics. International Journal of Teaching and Learning in Higher Education, 30(2), 262-276. http://www.isetl.org/ijtlhe/pdf/IJTLHE3386.pdf

2Florida Virtual Campus Office of Distance Learning & Student Services. (2016). 2016 student textbook and course materials survey. http://www.openaccesstextbooks.org/pdf/2016_Florida_Student_Textbook_Survey.pdf

3Florida Virtual Campus Office of Distance Learning & Student Services. (2018). 2018 student textbook and course materials survey. https://dlss.flvc.org/colleges-and-universities/research/textbooks

Open Access Books

For faculty interested in using free or low-cost textbooks for their course instruction.

 

Use the OASIS search bar to search 117 different sources of OER.