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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!

Welcoming… The Journal of Open Educational Resources in Higher Education (JOERHE)

JOERHE, a diamond open access journal, which will be published once a year, offers librarians, instructors and other OER experts a platform for their scholarship on OER, open pedagogy, open access and similar topics focused specifically within the context of higher education.

“OER is an equity issue. We cannot continue to keep students from information that has the power to transform their lives,” says Christi Boggs, associate director of digital teaching and learning at the UW Ellbogen Center for Teaching and Learning, and an editorial advisory board member of JOERHE. “This journal will help faculty worldwide to find resources and best practices, and illustrate the impact their OER materials had on their respective communities.”

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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: