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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 Flash! Read all about it!

Faculty are concerned about students being able to afford course materials.

Both awareness and use of OER—which are openly licensed and thus free to use, edit, and share—jumped by seven percentage points compared to the 2021-22 school year, reaching their highest levels seen in the 12 years the survey has been administered.

Read the Press Release: Awareness and Use of Open Educational Resources Hits All-Time High Among Higher Education Faculty

Download Report: Digitally Established: Educational Resources in U.S. Higher Education, 2023

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Why Open Education Matters

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