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Open Educational Resources (OERs)

Open Educational Resources (OERs) are any type of educational materials that are in the public domain or have an open license.

Welcome to the Library Guide for OERs!

This guide will give you suggestions for specific library resources to learn more about Open Education Resources (OERs), along with places to find OERs, research on OERs, and getting more help from your research librarian!

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Introduction: What are OERs?

Open Educational Resources (OERs) are educational materials, such as full courses with readings, mini-lessons and simulations, instructional components, and peer-reviewed texts, that are in the public domain or introduced with an open license. They are valuable because they enable faculty to develop courses with a variety of content and educational experiences that more closely align with their course learning outcomes as they utilize materials created by their peers. They are also important because they lower the cost of education for students as textbook costs have outpaced inflation by 400% since 2006.

What's in This Guide?