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"Open Educational Resources (OER) are teaching, learning, and research resources released under an open license that permits their free use and repurposing by others. OER can be full courses, course materials, lesson plans, open textbooks, learning objects, videos, games, tests, software, or any other tool, material, or technique that supports access to knowledge."  [-SPARC]

OER, particularly open textbooks, save students money while empowering faculty by giving them more control over their course content.

Find Open Textbooks

Open Textbook Library - complete textbooks that have been reviewed by a variety of college and university faculty. Includes the OpenStax collection.

BC Campus Open Textbooks - a large collection, some of which have been faculty reviewed

OER Commons - this is a large repository that includes all kinds of Open Educational Resources, so use the search limiters to narrow by education level, material type (i.e. Textbooks) and subject

Open Culture - a repository that has some overlap with the others listed, but a different organizational structure and some unique content 

 

Contact me! If you're having difficulty finding an Open Textbook, please don't hesitate to ask for help. If I can't find it, I might know someone who can!

 

Why use Open Educational Resources?

The power of open educational resources comes from a set of permissions known as the "5 Rs of OER", which allows you to:

  1. Retain - the right to make, own, and control copies of the content (e.g., download, duplicate, store, and manage)

  2. Reuse - the right to use the content in a wide range of ways (e.g., in a class, in a study group, on a website, in a video)

  3. Revise - the right to adapt, adjust, modify, or alter the content itself (e.g., translate the content into another language)

  4. Remix - the right to combine the original or revised content with other open content to create something new (e.g., incorporate the content into a mashup)

  5. Redistribute - the right to share copies of the original content, your revisions, or your remixes with others (e.g., give a copy of the content to a friend)

These permissions are usually granted by the copyright holder of a work by licensing it under a Creative Commons license.

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