What are Open Educational Resources (OERs)?
Open Educational Resources are educational materials and resources offered freely and openly for anyone to use and under some licenses to re-mix, improve and redistribute.They include:
OERs help alleviate the burden of student debt while providing opportunities to students who might not otherwise be able to afford or access materials. They also provide an opportunity to try new ways of teaching and learning, many of which are more collaborative and participatory.
A common type of OER is the open textbook - very similar to the traditional kind bought at the university bookstore, except they are freely available online. In many disciplines, instructors are also making use of the library's purchased or licensed e-books for course readings. Click here for our page on Textbook Alternatives!
Two faculty members at other universities talk about why they support open textbooks.