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Open Educational Resources

Open Textbooks

Free, online learning materials with Creative Commons licenses. Many of the collections will have links to the same books, but each will have a particular focus, and items you can't find in other collections.

OER Repositories

More than just open textbooks. All content featured within these pages is free but usage rights vary. Materials in these repositories are released under a Creative Commons license while some are in the public domain.

OER by Discipline

Evaluating OER

Faculty can evaluate open educational resources using many of the same methods they use to review textbooks and other materials for their courses. They can ask questions such as:

  • Does an OER cover the content you'd like your students to learn in the course?
  • How accessible is the OER? Does it challenge your students, or is it TOO challenging for them?
  • To what extent can you modify the OER? Can you combine it with another OER?
  • What kind of license governs the OER?
  • What kind of attribution for the OER do you have to provide?
  • Does the OER come in a format students can access easily? Can they print it at a low cost? Does it require special software?
  • Is the OER peer reviewed?

Evaluating Rubrics, Checklist, and Tool