University Perspectives: Open Educational Resources (OER)

This guide includes links to open educational resources focused on college success and first-year experiences.

Open Education Librarian

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Christine Rickabaugh

What are Open Educational Resources?


The Hewlett Foundation defines 

"Open Educational Resources are teaching, learning and research materials in any medium – digital or otherwise – that reside in the public domain or have been released under an open license that permits no-cost access, use, adaptation and redistribution by others with no or limited restrictions."

The open movement promotes the use of these textbooks and other materials for free or at a minimal charge. By collaborating to create high-quality shared texts, the academic community can dramatically lower the cost of textbooks and class materials for the students they teach.