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Faculty Guide to Open Educational Resources (OER)

What is OER?

Open Educational Resources (OER) are teaching and learning materials (including textbooks, courses, learning objects, tests, media, etc.) that can be freely used and reused, without charge. OER often have a Creative Commons that state specifically how the material can be used, reused, adapted, and shared.


How the Library Can Help

How the Library Can Help


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How OER Helps Students


According to a Fixing the Broken Textbook Market.

  • 60% of students skip buying at least one textbook.

  • About 20% students skip buying access codes necessary to complete assignments.

  • Almost every respondent worried forgoing these materials would impact their grade.

  • The cost of course materials has a broad impact on the lives of students.

    • 25% reported needing to work extra hours to afford course materials.

    • 22% prioritized purchasing access codes over other course materials.

    • 19% made decisions on which classes to take because of materials cost.

    • 11% reported skipping meals due to materials costs.

OER Basics

Watch this video from Open Oregon to learn more about OER (6:11).

Why Open Education Matters

Watch this short animated video about open education (2:22).

Game Changer: Open Education is Changing Rules

Learn from educators and students why Open Education matters (2:57).

By ISKME is licensed under CC BY 4.0

Open Education vs Open Access

The infographic below explains the difference between open education resources and open access.

Open Education vs Open Access

Source:  University of Michigan OER Toolkit

Creative Commons and OER

Source: "Creative Commons and OER" by Jane Park is licensed under CC BY 4.0

Open Education Organizations

Contact Information

Please contact us if you would like assistance or have questions:

Hara Brook, Librarian avatar

Hara Brook

Reference Librarian

Deb Moore, Librarian avatar

Deborah Moore
Reference Librarian

Marc Lentini
Director of EdTech
Eric Ho
 Bookstore Manager

Codes of Best Practices in Fair Use


Licensing Info

Except where otherwise noted, this work is licensed under a Creative Commons CC BY license.

"Faculty Guide to Open Educational Resources (OER)" by Highline College is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.

Creative Commons License

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