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Open Educational Resources

Find, use, adapt openly available textbooks and educational materials to enhance college coursework.

OER Basics

SPARC (the Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition) defines Open Education as follows:

Open Education encompasses resources, tools, and practices that are free of legal, financial and technical barriers and can be fully used, shared and adapted in the digital environment.

The foundation of Open Education is Open Educational Resources (OER), which are teaching, learning, and research resources that are free of cost and access barriers, and which also carry legal permissions for open use.


Click this link to find concise answers to your OER questions such as:

  • How do OER help educators and students? 
  • What is the difference between ‘free’ and ‘open’ resources?
  • How do you tell if an educational resource is an OER?
  • And more!

Find OER for your course!

Ask your Subject Librarian for help navigating the numerous sources for Open Educational Resources! 

Below is a selection of great starting points for locating OER.

Tools to assess OER quality

Once you have found OER content, you may want to grade the quality in a consistent way. Below are two content quality assessment tools! 

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