Open Educational Resources (OER): Getting Started

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

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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


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,

Why Open Education Matters

Two Columbus State students discuss the impact of high textbook costs.

"Open Texts @ Columbus State Student Involvement" by Columbus State Community College Library is licensed under CC BY 4.0

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