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OER: Open Educational Resources

A guide for faculty on finding textbooks and other materials at no charge to the students.



The phrase Open Educational Resources (OER) means different things to different people. UNESCO defines OER as “UNESCO Definition: Open Educational Resources (OERs) are any type of educational materials that are in the public domain or introduced with an open license. The nature of these open materials means that anyone can legally and freely copy, use, adapt and re-share them. OERs range from textbooks to curricula, syllabi, lecture notes, assignments, tests, projects, audio, video and animation.” [source]

To many people that means free textbooks. And by textbooks they books with titles like A Survey of American History or Essentials of Accounting or Introduction to Biology. And most of these are made available under one of six levels of a Creative Commons license that tells you what you may or may not do with the text.

So if that is the type of material you are looking for, just click the Textbooks tab on the left.

But this guide covers more than that since upper division course often have required readings that may include monographs, journal articles, or even documentaries. The Hiram College library licenses thousands of such resources, which you may link to in Moodle. Just use the E-Books, Journal Articles, or Video tabs on the left.

Please contact a librarian if you have any questions.