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Open Educational Resources (OER)

Links to online open-access textbooks and other "open" educational resources.

Get Involved in OER at SCU

According to SCU's 2018 Campus Climate Study final report, 61.8% of student respondents said that books and course materials were a financial hardship--second only to tuition (65.6%). A direct response to issues of textbook affordability is the Open Educational Resources (OER) movement. The University Library is interested in holding faculty focus groups, or perhaps even a Faculty Learning Community, to discuss issues of textbook and course material affordability. If you are interested in participating, please email Shannon Kealey, Science Librarian and Scholarly Communication Coordinator.

The 5 Rs of Open Education Resources

In order for a resource to be considered open, users should be able to:

Retain - Make and own copies

Reuse - Use in a wide range of ways

Revise - Adapt or modify

Remix - Combine two or more OERs

Redistribute - Share with anyone

This is adapted from The 5 Rs of designing an OER course from eCampus News. 

OER Collections and Search Engines

open educational resources - book stack with plug 


Textbook costs have soared more than 800% since 1978, at more than four times the inflation rate. Student loan debt surpassed credit card debt for the first time in 2010. One study showed that 65% of students don’t buy textbooks due to the cost; other studies have recorded even higher percentages.

A growing solution to this problem of spiraling textbook costs is Open Educational Resources (OER): textbooks written and peer-reviewed by experts / academics and made available freely online.  Often OER collections are the result of a foundation-sponsored initiative. Below are well-regarded, robust OER collections. 

Why Open Education Matters

This video by David Blake is licensed under Creative Commons.