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Open Educational Resources (OER): About OER

This guide will provide resources to free and open education resources

What are OER?



Definition provided by OER Commons:

Open Educational Resources (OER) are teaching and learning materials that are freely available online to use, whether you are an instructor, student or self-learner.  Examples of OER are: full courses, course modules, syllabi, lectures, homework assignments, quizzes, lab and classroom activities, pedagogical materials, games, simulations and resources contained in digital media collections from around the world.


UNESCO: What are Open Educational Resources?

Wikipedia: Massive Open Online Course

William and Flora Hewlett Foundation

The OER Adoption Impact Explorer

What are the Impacts of Adopting OER?

OER can increase student success.

OER can lower the cost of higher education and save students money.

OER can find new ideas, activities and resources posted by instructors from around the country.

OER can locate textbooks that are peer reviewed and frequently updated.


Directory of Open Access Books

Directory of Open access Books is provided by OAPEN Foundation in cooperation with SemperTool

Learn OER

Broken Textbook Market

Who is best suited to control textbooks: the faculty or the publishers? There are ways to make sure it is the faculty. 

Open Textbook Publishing 

 "To avoid being repositioned as technicians working on the clock for global publishing companies, faculty members may want to give more thought to their potential as authors and publishers."  - Joe Moxley, editor of Writing Commons, an open, collaborative composition textbook

Policy and Pedagogy and Using OER


CCCOER Webinars

Discover how other community colleges are adopting and creating OER via 20 minute webinars.

‚ÄčFree to Learn Guide by Hal Plotkin

An Open Educational Resources Policy Development
Guidebook for Community College Governance Officials

Guidelines for open educational resources (OER) in higher education

"Given the potential of OER to improve higher education systems, UNESCO and the Commonwealth of Learning (COL) have developed these Guidelines, after broad consultations with stakeholders in all regions of the world, to support governments, higher education institutions/providers, academic staff, student bodies and quality assurance/accreditation and recognition bodies."


Mike Caulfield of Keene State College thinks and writes regularly about OER.

Introduction to Open Educational Resources

An online course taught by Judy Baker.

OER Handbook for Educators

"Welcome to the world of Open Educational Resources (OER). This handbook is designed to help educators find, use, develop and share OER to enhance their effectiveness online and in the classroom."

Open Educational Resources, 4 Papers by Patrina Law and Leigh-Anne Perryman

2015 Award Winners for research into OER.

Open Learning

Online journal of open distance and e-learning.

Open Professionals Education Network (OPEN) Videos and Handouts

Open Textbook Proof-of-Concept via Connexions

Baker, J., Thierstein, J., Fletcher, K., Kaur, M., & Emmons, J. (2009). Open Textbook Proof-of-Concept via Connexions. The International Review Of Research In Open And Distance Learning, 10(5). Retrieved from

Open Textbooks: Why? What? How? When?

Paper from the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation.

Qualitative Investigation of Faculty OER Usage / Washington State Board for Community and Technical Colleges / Boyoung Chae & Mark Jenkins

2015 Award Winner for open education research.

The roles of libraries and information professionals in Open Educational Resources (OER) initiatives

What Are the Impacts of Adopting OER?

From Lumen Learning -- check the calculator to see how OER can increase student success!