This LibGuide is designed to introduce Open Educational Resources (OERs) to the University community.
Open educational resources (OERs) are defined as "resources for teaching, learning, and research that reside in the public domain or have been released under an intellectual property license that permits their free use and re-purposing by others." William and Flora Hewlett Foundation
Oregon.gov defines OER as "openly licensed teaching, learning, and research resources (e.g., textbooks, videos, and images) that the public has the legal permissions to use, share, and build upon. OER are available for free online or in print at low cost."
Using open textbooks or open course materials benefits students in a variety of ways, including:
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Colvard, N. B., Watson, C. E., & Hyojin P. (2018). The impact of open educational resources on various student success metrics. International Journal of Teaching & Learning in Higher Education, 30(2), 262–276.
Feldstein, A., Martin, M., Hudson, A., Warren, K., Hilton, J., III, & Wiley, D. (2012). Open textbooks and increased student access and outcomes. European Journal of Open, Distance and E-Learning, 2.
Young, J. R. (2015, July 9). In students' minds, textbooks are increasingly optional purchases. The Chronicle of Higher Education.
A collection of definitions for Open Educational Resources by organizations involved in the support of these resources.
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