About this Guide

Welcome to McMaster University’s OER by Discipline Guide. This support resource lists a broad range of open textbooks and open educational resources (OER) organized by academic programs available at McMaster University. OER are teaching, learning, and research resources that, through permissions granted by the copyright holder, allow others to use, distribute, keep, or make changes to them.


This guide was inspired by the wonderful work completed by BCcampus as they created a similar directory for their stakeholders. We are grateful to them for providing us with such a great example to work from.

The version of the guide presented here was developed to primarily highlight quality open textbooks and organize them so that McMaster faculty can easily locate resources in their disciplines or subject areas. Although this is a good start, we are far from having a complete list and will be regularly updating this resource as we find additional, suitable materials to include. As this guide evolves, other OER — case studies, courses, games, simulations, videos, and more — may also be evaluated and added.

The guide parallels five of the six Faculties at McMaster, namely, the DeGroote School of Business and the Faculties of Engineering, Humanities, Science and Social Sciences. Due to time constraints, open textbooks for the Faculty of Health Sciences were not included in this first edition of the guide.

To locate materials, users may browse the Contents or use the search box located in the top-right of each page in the online version to locate a specific subject.

We invite you to notify us if you discover a valuable OER within or related to your discipline. Please complete the following form to make your contribution.

We hope that McMaster faculty and instructors will find this guide helpful as they consider the options available for quality, open textbooks for their courses.

This chapter is adapted from About This Directory in OER by Discipline Directory by Edited by Lauri M. Aesoph and Josie Gray.


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