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Open Educational Resources (OERs): Home

Faculty resources for finding, adapting, creating, and implementing OERs in the classroom.

Introduction to OER

Open Educational Resources (OERs) are any type of educational materials that are either in the public domain, or published under open licenses (e.g. Creative Commons) that specify how materials can be used, reused, adapted, shared and modified according to specific needs. They can include textbooks, lecture notes, syllabi, assignments and tests.


Advantages of using OERs

  • Free
  • Peer reviewed for quality, consistency and comprehensiveness
  • Flexibility
  • You could use an OER textbook that’s different from what other faculty use for the course
  • You could change OER materials outside the current 3-year adoption window
  • You could update the course material more frequently
  • You could edit the OER content. For example, you might modify it to increase the diversity and timeliness/relevance of content
  • Students can collaborate and contribute original content in OER creation which is a high impact practice
  • Data demonstrates that students using OER materials have better learning outcomes and higher retention rates than students using publisher-provided materials for purchase


Danielle Theiss, Director of Library Services at Park University, created much of this content.


Why is OER important?

  • Reduces barrier to educational course materials (access and financial barriers) for students
  • Access to course materials on the first day of courses for improved learning outcomes
  • Free, open to all...keep indefinitely
  • Low cost printing, at cost of printing only