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Open Educational Resources

A guide to how to find open educational resources and open access textbooks

Additional OER Resources

  • Don't be overwhelmed by all the OER out there! Take it a little bit at a time - try one Open Textbook collection and see if you like it.
     
  • Once you have adopted an open textbook for your class, let your students know that they are using an open textbook. Explain to them what benefits come with using OER.
     
  • Get continuous student feedback - surveys, discussions, etc. See how your students like using an open textbook compared to a traditional one.
     
  • Have a backup platform for your OER material. See if your platform has a content retention policy. Can you download the content to your computer?

ACU is a member of SPARC (the Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition) which has many helpful resources regarding open resources for research and education. A helpful listserv to follow is the SPARC Libraries and OER Forum (LibOER) which you can subscribe to here.

Florida State University has created a great Libguide you can use as a resource when needing to locate OER. Their libguide includes information on finding and creating your own OER, as well as a tab on Creative Commons licenses and Copyright. 

Florida State University OER LibGuide

University of Oklahoma Libraries has a thorough Libguide that includes many wonderful tutorial videos in addition to a tab where you can search by discipline for specific OER. 

University of Oklahoma Libraries OER LibGuide

Watch this great video tutorial (below) from their Libguide about how to search in OER repositories!