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Open educational resources (OER) are textbooks, courses, and learning materials made available under an open license so that anyone can use or adapt them at no cost. Options and quality of OER have grown dramatically in recent years. UNE is a member of the Open Education Network

Getting started

The OER Starter Kit is an excellent resource to get you started on finding, teaching with, and creating OER.

Finding OER  

There are many OER repositories.  The SUNY-Geneseo Openly Available Sources Integrated Search (OASIS) searches from 80 different sources, or you can search an individual repository:

B.C. Open Collection
The B.C. OER repository hosts lists of general and subject specific OER.
MERLOT
California State University repository of textbooks, case studies, quizzes and more with tools to create or adapt resources.
OER Commons
Nearly 60,000 diverse college-level materials. Includes a tool called Open Author for creating and sharing text or multimedia learning resources.
Open Textbook Library
Open textbooks licensed by authors and publishers which can be downloaded and adopted for free. To be included, textbooks must be in use at multiple higher education institutions, or be affiliated with a higher education institution, scholarly society, or professional organization.
OpenStax College
Free repository from Rice University with faculty-authored and peer-reviewed online textbooks for introductory courses in mathematics, science, and social science disciplines.
PressBooks
Free searchable catalog. Easy to copy, revise, remix, and redistribute any openly licensed content found here using Pressbooks’ publishing platform.
EdX, OE Global, & Khan Academy
Online education sites offer course notes, reading and assignment ideas, and multimedia components that may have an open license.

Your subject librarian can help with finding a suitable OER to replace or augment your textbook.

Review Process

OER peer review is primarily done in the traditional pre-publication process familiar to most faculty. OER are also introducing a newer process of open and post-publication review.

Pre-Publication Peer Review

OER platforms that offer peer review generally post a detailed explanation of their peer-review process on their website and provide details about their assessment of the materials. For example, see MERLOT’s peer-review process and how that is applied to an OER textbook

Post-Publication User Review

Many OER include user reviews. Reviews generally include the name, occupation, and institution of the reviewer as well as a detailed evaluation following an assessment rubric. See an example of user reviews for an OER textbook on the Open Textbook Library

In addition to reviews, you can also use our Faculty Guide for Evaluating Open Educational Resources checklist to give your own assessment.  

Create Your Own OER

If you are not able to find a good match for your course, why not create your own?

We offer DUNE:DigitalUNE as an open publishing platform and materials published here will be available to scholars and students worldwide. 

Resources for Creating and Modifying OER

Authoring Open Textbooks: A Guide for People Who Want to Make Open Textbooks
Features a checklist for getting started, publishing program case studies, textbook organization and elements, writing resources and an overview of useful tools.
Modifying an Open Textbook: What You Need to Know
Five step guide for importing and editing common open textbook file and platform types.
BCCampus Open Textbook Accessibility Toolkit
Provides the resources needed so that each content creater has the opportunity to create a truly open and accessible textbook for all students.
Finding the Right Platform
Crosswalk that compares ten academy-owned and open-source publishing platforms and prompts users by asking them what kind of project they want to publish and what features they want.
Creative Commons License Chooser
Questions to guide you towards the most appropriate license for your work. Learn more about Creative Commons licenses.
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Sonya Durney, Scholarly Communication Research & Teaching Librarian

QUESTIONS & HELP

If you have questions about using or creating OER, please contact Scholarly Communications Research and Teaching Librarian Sonya Durney.