Open Educational Resources: OER for Educators

This guide provides information and resources for users interested in learning about open educational resources (OER).

Open Education Movement Documents

Below are several resources that might be useful to the instructor who would like to know more about the open education movement and how to teach with open education resources.

An Open Education Reader

This is a collection of readings on open education with commentary created for a gradaute course at Brigham Young University and edited by David Wiley. It includes chapters on intellectual property, free software, open source, open content, open textbooks, and research in open education.

The Open Education Handbook

This handbook is a deliverable of the LinkedUp Project, and is a primer on the open education ecosystem, information about useful tools and software, references, a glossary of commonly used terms, case studies and examples, and answers to frequently asked questions. 

An Examination of the Lived Experience of Eleven Educators Who Have Implemented Open Textbooks in Their Teaching

A masters thesis by Danielle Paradis out of Royal Roads University, Victoria, BC. Of particular interest is Chapter 4, Results. It includes quotes from teachers on how they found out about OERs, their experience teaching with them, and motivations behind use.  

Faculty Perspectives on Open Educational Resources & Open Access

OER Sources

There are many potential sources of open textbooks and other OER. Interested faculty are encouraged to contact members of the Shulenburger Office of Scholarly Communication and Copyright for assistance in finding appropriate resources in their discipline/teaching area. A few significant sources are:

The Open Textbook Library

The Open Textbook Library is a curated, browsable collection of open textbooks housed at The University of Minnesota and sponsored by the Open Textbook Network.


The Multimedia Educational Resource for Online Teaching (MERLOT), developed by the California State University Center for Distributed Learning offers access to thousands of open educational materials. The search function even allows you to enter an ISBN number of a current textbook to find a comparable open textbook.

OpenStax College at Rice University

"OpenStax College is a nonprofit organization committed to improving student access to quality learning materials. Our free textbooks are developed and peer-reviewed by educators to ensure they are readable, accurate, and meet the scope and sequence requirements of your course."


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