Open Educational Resources (OER) are any resources available at little or no cost that can be used for teaching, learning, or research. The term can include textbooks, course readings, and other learning content; simulations, games, and other learning applications; syllabi, quizzes, and assessment tools. OER can originate from colleges and universities, libraries, archival organizations, government agencies, commercial organizations.
OE Week Events March 4-8 2024
Regarding Using Library Resources as Course Materials:
Utilizing library resources such as ebooks, journal articles, and videos as course materials presents a cost-saving advantage for students as they have already incurred access costs through their tuition and fees. However, it's important to note that while these resources are of high quality, they differ from open educational resources due to their restricted licensing and limited accessibility beyond the institution's student body. It can also be difficult to know if the library owns a resource or subscribes to it. Subscription resource access can change over time.
Furthermore, electronic purchasing options for libraries are generally unavailable from commercial textbook publishers, such as Cengage and Pearson.
To explore using library resources as course materials, faculty are encouraged to consult with their liaison librarian or their designated OER librarian.