OER are online course materials that are often licensed with a Creative Commons license, allowing for their legal display, use, modification, download, printing, etc., without fee, permission, or conducting a fair use analysis.
For additional assistance in locating quality open course materials, contact your subject specialist.
OER can be a great source of course material for teaching remotely, either in part or in whole, during these uncertain times.
Image: The New Normal: Using OER to re-open education, by BC Campus, licensed CC-BY 4.0). It states:
Covid is hard. Working from home is hard. Switching to and learning how to teach online is hard.
OER can help. Here's how.
Saves instructors tme and money:
Cash-strapped students save money:
Ideal for working from home:
Grants freedom in a time of constraints:
This OER search tool from SUNY Geneseo combines 155,000+ records from more than 50 different sources to allow you to search for open educational content based on subject, license, material type, reviews, and more:
This OER Metafinder Search tool from Mason University searches across a number of OER databases at once, allowing you to condense your searches for quality resources into one.
Each of the open textbook collections listed below have been peer-reviewed by faculty in that particular discipline to ensure quality in keeping with current academic standards:
Open Stax has a growing collection of peer-reviewed, openly licensed university textbooks in a variety of disciplines, from the sciences to the social sciences to the humanities. Faculty wishing to adopt a textbook must register for a free account.
The Open Textbook Library has a collection of over 100 peer-reviewed and openly licensed titles in a wide range of disciplines. It is supported by the Open Textbook Network, a collaboration of library partners from colleges and universities across the country.
These resources have not necessarily been peer-reviewed but can still serve as a great sources of quality OER for course adoption, with or without modification: