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Open Educational Resources (OER) by Subject

What are Open Educational Resources (OER)?

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Open Educational Resources are teaching, learning, and research materials in any medium – digital or otherwise – that reside in the public domain or have been released under an open license that permits no-cost access, use, adaptation and redistribution by others with no or limited restrictions.

- William and Flora Hewlett Foundation

Why OER?

There are compelling reasons to consider the adoption of OER including immediate access to course content, cost savings to students, contributions to student success, content flexibility, access to high quality, credible content, and reduced student withdrawl rate. Cost savings to students serves as a driver, in most instances, for OER usage.

Articles, reports, and summaries documenting OER efficacy and success are listed below, and additional reading is available in the Read More about OER section of the OER: An Overview page.

Locating OER

Locating OER

Open Educational Resources can include textbooks, articles, syllabi, courses, images, videos, labs, and other learning objects. While there's no single central location to discover all Open Educational Resources available, we've identified some starting points and tips - including OER specific repositories -  in the Finding OER section of this guide. We've curated discipline specific content on the OER by Subject guide

Library Resources vs. OER

Library resources can provide a potential alternative to OER because they address issues of access and affordability. However, since library resources include copyrighted content that the college pays to provide institution-wide access to, and since they are not openly licensed, they do not offer the flexibility and permissions of openly licensed content. Examples of library resources include ebooks, articles from subscription databases, and streaming video content. While not openly licensed, library resources may be linked to, providing students direct access to content online.


For assistance locating OER or library resources, identifying permissions, or providing access to content, please contact the Library.

Organizations that support Open Education