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Faculty: What are Open Educational Resources?

Open Educational Resources (OER) are teaching and learning materials that are freely available online for everyone to use. You can learn more about it here.

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What is OER? What am I expected to do with it?

Open Educational Resources (OER) are teaching and learning materials that are freely available online for everyone to use. You can learn more about it here. Here’s a very brief overview on OER for Faculty from Open Michigan.

What are the benefits of releasing OER?

There are many benefits that impact teaching and learning practices. You can read about the benefits here.

Where do I find OER?

Open Education Consortium offers a course search in partnership with MERLOT. You can search for courses from OEC member institutions and also from peer reviewed materials from MERLOT at oeconsortium.org/courses. You can also find a list of some other OER search engines here.

Where can I get hard copies of OER?

OERs are materials distributed online. If you are a faculty member looking into printing textbooks, you can either talk to your institution’s bookstore to carry print version of an open textbook, or designate an online printshop for students to individually place an order.