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Open Educational Resources

A resource guide for instructors on Open Educational Resources

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Open Educational Resources (OERs) openly available materials (textbooks, instructional videos, interactive)  that instructors can:

  • Retain
  • Revise
  • Remix
  • Redistribute
  • Re-use

You might already be creating and using OERs when you teach with free, customizable, and openly-licensed materials. Many instructors use open pedagogy strategies, such as engaging students as co-authors of materials for a course. When those materials are made available to re-use and share using a Creative Commons license, they become OERs.

Image source: Lane Community College, on Flickr. CC BY-NC 4.0


Further Reading

Use of Free Textbooks Is Rising, but Barriers Remain 

December 2017 article from the Chronicle of Higher Education presents the results of a survey of 2,700 faculty members on use and attitudes toward OERs. Presents a good overview of why faculty are choosing to use OERs and barriers preventing broader use.


OER Examples


Principles of Macroeconomics covers the scope and sequence requirements of most introductory macroeconomics courses. The text also includes many current examples, which are handled in a politically equitable way. It is available as a free online OER textbook or $33 print edition as part of Rice University's OpenStax project. 






ChemCollective's Virtual Lab provides a free virtual lab environment for chemistry students. It is part of ChemCollective, a collection of virtual labs, scenario-based learning activities, tutorials, and concept tests. 




OER textbook title page


An Introduction to Logic is an open textbook in Smith ScholarWorks’ OERS collections. It is an introduction to the discipline of logic covering subjects from the structures of arguments, classical and modern logic, categorical and inductive inferences, to informal fallacies.