Open Educational Resources (OER): Getting Started

This Research Guide will assist faculty in learning about and searching for open educational resources (OER).

OER in Context

“As open educational resources, textbooks thus pose an interesting set of problems. We begin by acknowledging that a textbook, if it is used at all, is never used in isolation. It is part of a complex mixture of supporting materials organized and ultimately translated through the voice of the instructor. In fact, it might even be appropriate to say that in the context of the course, the instructor is the only author worthy of the term. It is the instructor’s creation of a syllabus and lesson plan, his or her choice of pedagogical materials, and her gloss on these materials in the form of lectures or comments that represent the true authorial voice.”

Cummings, Mark. "What Is a Textbook.", 2 Jan. 2018,

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"Open Educational Resources (OERs) are any type of educational materials that are in the public domain or introduced with an open license. The nature of these open materials means that anyone can legally and freely copy, use, adapt and re-share them. OERs range from textbooks to curricula, syllabi, lecture notes, assignments, tests, projects, audio, video and animation."  UNESCO

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Why Open Education Matters

Community college students explain to participants at the OpenEd Conference in Anaheim, California in October 2017 how their facultys' decisions to use OER has impacted their lives.

"Santa Ana College OER Student Panel OpenEd 2017" by Santa Anna College is licensed under CC BY 4.0

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