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Open Education (OE) Guide: Introduction to OERs

Guide to Open Educational Resources

What are OERs?

Be sure to check with your Academic Department Liaison for more information about finding open resources in your subject area!


The term can include textbooks, course readings, and other learning content; simulations, games, and other learning applications; syllabi, quizzes, and assessment tools; and virtually any other material that can be used for educational purposes"

(source: EDUCAUSE. May 27, 2010. 7 Things You Should Know About Open Educational Resources)

Open Educational Resources (OER) Supports Equity and Flexibility

How do I search for OERs?

Give it a Try...Find an OER on the Open Education Consortium (OEC)

OER News! Read all about it!

2021 Course Redesign Sprint Report

Open Oregon Educational Resources has facilitated a course redesign sprint during Open Education Week since 2019. Funding supports Oregon community college and university instructors who participate in a one-week online, asynchronous OER course redesign training. The goal of the sprint is to redesign an existing course using open materials in order to save students money (preview the training.

132 unique instructors from 18 colleges and universities have completed the training and redesigned 160 courses during the past three Open Ed Weeks (find their syllabi and other course materials in OER Commons: 20192020, and 2021). Open Oregon Educational Resources has paid out $141,961 in stipends. As a result, 7,570 students have saved an estimated $853,977. This represents about $6 in student savings per program dollar spent.

Congratulations, sprinters!

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Why Open Education Matters

This video is surely a fun video about why open education is important: 


View this video to get a sense of why some students are not purchasing their textbooks and how there are other valuable online resources to share with your students that are not copyrighted: