Open Educational Resources

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Open Educational Resources (OER) is a term used to describe a wide array of textbooks and other course material that have been created with the primary goal of being shared widely for educational purpose. Additional clarification regarding OER can be found here: https://wiki.creativecommons.org/wiki/What_is_OER%3F. Many Open Educational Resources are also peer-reviewed, and can include ancillary materials such as presentation slides, simulations, and assessments.

Why Choose OER?

OER Textbooks offer the flexibility of being able to adapt to the changing needs of our learners, while maintaining the high quality that we expect of course texts. OER material is often free to use for educational purposes, and many allow edits and revisions as long as the new iteration of the text is also shared by using the Creative Commons licenses https://creativecommons.org/. Provided below is a brief list of the most well-known OER resources:

How can we help?

With a continually expanding selection of high-quality materials, TLT’s consultants will be happy to help you find OER material to best suit your needs. Replacing traditional resources, adopting OER in your course can provide several benefits:

  • Customize existing course materials around your needs, to best fit your course.
  • Reduce student costs of course materials.

If you are interested in exploring the use of OER in your course for either full or partial replacement of course material that you currently use, please reach out to TLT@purdue.edu to request a consultation.

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