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Open Educational Resources: Home

This is a guide to open educational resources. It is subject to change as new sources are identified.

Introduction

Open Educational Resources (OER) "are teaching, learning, and research resources that reside in the public domain or have been released under an intellectual property license that permits their free use and re-purposing by others. Open educational resources include full courses, course materials, modules, textbooks, streaming videos, tests, software, and any other tools, materials, or techniques used to support access to knowledge."

"Open access" is the practice of providing unrestricted access to online, peer-reviewed, scholarly materials, including journal articles, books and monographs. Here is a brief introduction from one of the leaders in the field, Peter Suber:

  • Addressing the rising cost of textbooks
  • Increasing the impact of your scholarly research
  • Providing access to information to underserved populations
  • Improving the quality of information available online. 

Article of interest:

Open Resources

With few exceptions, the text that follows the name of each resource is taken directly from its website.

Many resources shared from the Nancy A. McDonough Geschke Library, Marygrove College

UNK Library Resources

Some resources available through the Library include:

Faculty Next Steps

  • Assign open access materials in your courses
  • Participate in the peer review of open access journals
  • Advocate that open access publications be recognized in promotion and tenure evaluations
  • Publish an open access article or book
  • Negotiate to retain your copyright with publishers that aren’t open access
  • Become familiar with what others are doing