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Faculty: Open Educational Resources (OER)


Open Educational Resources have received a lot of attention recently as a way to reduce textbook costs for students. This guide is intended to be a resource for faculty looking to find Open Access materials to use in their classes. Please contact Brian Greene in the library for help with your search. 

What is OER?

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According to the OER Glossary, Open Educational Resources are:

Teaching and learning materials that are freely available online for everyone to use, whether you are an instructor, student, or self-learner.

Open Access Textbook Repositories


Open Textbook Library is a curated collection that includes college-level textbooks and some user-generated reviews.

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Hosted by Rice University, openstax offers faculty-contributed, peer-reviewed textbooks.

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Merlot is a well known collection with good advanced search features that allow limiting by type, audience and license.

COOL4Ed: Explore, Discover, Learn, Adopt, Adapt

Cool4Ed is a collaboration by the CCC, CSU, and UC systems to provide easy access to eTextbooks.

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Milne Open Textbooks (formerly Open SUNY Textbooks) is a collection of OER textbooks authored and peer reviewed by SUNY faculty and staff.

Meta-Search Engines

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Mason OER Metafinder allows simultaneous full-text searching of numerous repositories.

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OASIS searches numerous repositories at the same time.

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OER Commons allows a search of thousands of materials or a browse feature for eTextbooks

OER By Discipline

A list of suggested OER by discipline, maintained by a Lake Tahoe Community College math instructor Larry Green.