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SGA: OER Resources: OER for Students

What is OER?

Open Educational Resources (OER) are free educational materials that are openly licensed to enable reuse and redistribution by users. They are:

  • Openly- licensed: a set of authorized permissions from the rights holder of a work for any and all users.
  • Freely Available: must be freely available online with no fee to access. Physical OER may be sold at low cost to facilitate printing.
  • Modifiable: The resource must be made available under an open license that  allows for editing.

Source:  The OER Starter Kit by Abbey K. Elder is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License, except where otherwise noted.

An Introduction to OER

The first two minutes of this video are worth watching to better understand why Students should care about OER materials.

Sources for Student Advocacy: Getting Started

Public Interest Research Groups or PIRGS have mobilized on college campuses around the country since 1971. They help give students a vehicle to protect the environment, serve the campus and community, uncover consumer rip-offs, and promote good government. PIRG resources related to OER are found below:

Sources of OER Resources

Open Educational Textbook Locations:

OER Textbook Examples

Examples are found below:


Reference Librarian

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Ann Berens
@ Klinck Memorial Library Reference Desk