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Gerald R. Sherratt Library


Open Educational Resources (OER): Getting Started with OER

This guide on OER is intended to 1) help faculty find high quality OER to support their curriculum, 2) support students in finding supplemental materials to aid their studies.

Adopting, Adapting, and Creating OER

Steps to adopting OER

1) Survey what's available (use this research guide or ask your librarian)

2) Evaluate for accuracy, relevance, production quality, accessibility, interactivity, and licensing (see the Faculty Guide for Evaluating Open Education Resources by BCOER)

3) Adopt the OER as is or adapt it to suit your needs (note that this is dependent on the type of license that comes with the OER)

4) Use OER in your course and ask students for feedback

5) Share the resource back to the community (if you have made substantive changes), or provide a review. 

6) Can't find an OER that fits your needs? No problem - Create your own! Ask your librarian how. 

Open Textbook Repositories

OASIS (through SUNY Geneseo)


BCCampus OpenEd

Open Textbook Library (partnered with OTN)

College Open Textbooks


Finding OER using Google

David Wiley provides a quick (1:02 minute) video explaining how to quickly identify OER using Google. The same means can be applied when searching Google Images. 

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