Affordable course content describes any free, low-cost, or openly licensed educational resources that can serve as alternatives to high-cost resources. Affordable course content can include syllabi, course modules, textbooks, videos, tests, journal articles, assessment tools, and any other materials used to support learning.
Library materials can be used as affordable course content, including online subscription resources (e-books, articles, videos, tutorials), items placed on reserve in the library, and primary source materials from Special Collections and Archives.
While affordable course content is free or low-cost, it is not necessarily free of copyright restrictions or terms and conditions, so users must be sure to use and share the content only as permitted or use open educational resources. Open educational resources are free of cost and licensed to be freely used, edited, stored, and distributed.