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Open Educational Resources (OER): Overview

What does "OER" mean?


Open educational resources are free and openly licensed educational materials that can be used for teaching, learning, research, and other purposes.

From Creative Commons

An OER is licensed such that it gives users permission to: 

  • Retain - the right to own, archive, and make copies of the content

  • Reusecontent can be reused in its unaltered form

  • Revisecontent can be adapted, adjusted, modified, and altered

  • Remixoriginal or revised content can be combined with other content to create something new

  • Redistributecopies of the content can be shared with others in its original, revised or remixed form

From 5R Open Course Design Framework

Browse OER




Browse a full list of OER created through the City Tech OER Fellowship program.


Want to learn more?

Open Education Fact Sheet by the Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition (SPARC)

A Faculty Perspective on Open Textbooks by Prof. Rajiv Jhangiani

2015-16 Babson Survey on the State of OER in U.S. Higher Ed. commissioned by the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation

OER Stories from faculty at Washington State Community and Technical Colleges

Open educational resources and college textbook choices: a review of research on efficacy and perceptions by John Hilton

The Review Project by the Open Education Group collects studies published about OER implementation and evaluations

U.S. Student PIRG Reports by Ethan Senack et al. 

College Textbook prices have risen 88% since 2016 Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, September 2016

Triaging Textbook Costs from Inside Higher Ed

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Are you using OER? Zero textbook cost materials?

Email Prof. Cailean Cooney, Chair of the Library's OER Committee at 

Or contact your library liaison.


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