OER and Open Textbooks


Many faculty are currently exploring options for low-cost and free supplementary resources to support their online, hybrid and virtual teaching.  At some institutions, this is referred to as "No-Low" or "Nolo" courses. To learn more about the options available, we've assembled a shortlist of resource guides that may be useful.  If you recommend any specific resources to add to this list or our emerging Open Pedagogy page, please let us know.

OER Updates

Why OER?

This video was produced at Iowa State by Abbey Elder, an Open Access & Scholarly Communication librarian.  To learn more about OER, visit her YouTube channel playlist.  This video is also embedded in the introduction to the OER Starter Kit at Boise State. 

What Kind of Textbooks do Pima Students Want?

Watch this vine about the kinds of textbooks students want: Zero-Cost Textbooks.  

This short video also served as a preview for our POEC 2021 student panel which included a brief focus on student experiences with textbooks and why they prefer ZTCs (Zero-Textbook-Cost courses). 

What are the key terms related to emerging OER practices?

What is OER? 

Open Educational Resources (OER) are free resources that are openly licensed to support teaching and learning.  For a detailed introduction, visit Boise State's OER Starter Kit.

What Other Emerging Terms Should I Be Aware of Related to OER?

How to Find Possible OER Texts to Design or Supplement My Courses?

Where Might I Start With OER? 

OER Resource Repositories (also check the Open Educational Resources (OER) LibGuide)

Here are a few links relating to online repositories.  To learn more, visit Ancilliary Content in their OER Starter Kit at Boise State University. 

What Other OER Resources Might Be Useful?

Resources from Arizona Colleges and Universities

Other Colleges 

Other Resources

How Might We Select or Evaluate OER? 

Here's a variety of OER evaluation resources.  Many of these resources came through Valencia College's LibGuide:

Open Textbooks That Include Faculty OER Reviews. 

Other OER Evaluation Resources

What's the Scholarship on OER?

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