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What are Open Educational Resources?

"Open Educational Resources (OERs) are any type of educational materials that are in the public domain or introduced with an open licence. The nature of these open materials means that anyone can legally and freely copy, use, adapt and re-share them. OERs range from textbooks to curricula, syllabi, lecture notes, assignments, tests, projects, audio, video and animation." (UNESCO)

Thinking about adopting an open textbook but not sure where to start? Considering modifying an existing open textbook? Want ideas about no/low cost educational resource options to support student learning? Just want to be sure a resource you found really is open access? Student Success Librarian Brad Doerksen is here to help you with any questions you might have related to the use of open educational resources in your teaching.

External Resources

Several projects have emerged, in Canada and elsewhere, to promote the development and use of free high-quality textbooks to help students save money. Many of these freely share their textbooks and other educational resources online. A few local and some of the better known international ones are: