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Research Guides

Affordable Course Content

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Can't find OER for your class? Ask Us.  
  • Consult with your librarian about options
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Open Textbooks

  • Open Textbook Library is the best one-stop site for locating open textbooks. The library includes textbook reviews from faculty across the nation.
  • OpenStax has a selection of open textbooks aimed towards large enrollment courses, and in addition to free online texts, also offers low cost print copies that can be ordered online or through campus bookstores. OpenStax also has an OER Commons community hub, where instructors can share ancillary resources developed for OpenStax textbooks.

Open Repositories (containing all types of OER)

  • MERLOT is a collection of ten of thousands of free and openly licensed resources with 20 different material types, including assignments, case studies, open textbooks, quizzes, simulations, and more.
  • OER Commons is a repository of over 50,000 OER of all types, and its “Open Author” platform can be used to create new resources.
  • Teaching Commons brings together OER that have been curated by librarians at colleges and universities throughout the US.

Open Lectures and Video Tutorials

Evaluate OER

Before Use

During and After Use

  • Guidebook to Research on OER Adoption, a guide to assessment of OER adoption from the Open Education Group, including its impact on cost, student outcomes, use of resources, and perceptions of OER.
  • OER Review Project, a summary of all known empirical research on the impacts of OER adoption from the Open Education Group that can help design future assessments.