This guide frames OER as flexible resources that through open licensing, foster possibilities for not only increased access to and engagement in materials by learners, but also for showcasing faculty’s own subject matter expertise in their courses.

Recognizing that applying all of the tools available in this guide is likely not feasible for most, we encourage users to start small, and pick one or two starting points. Selecting the right OER and aligning them to the learning outcomes for your course, while also making them accessible, engaging, and culturally relevant, are time and knowledge-intensive activities that can be scaffolded over time.

The guide is organized into three parts:

  • OER + Open Licensing: A Primer:
    • This section presents an overview of the background information essential for a solid foundation of knowledge as you enter the world of open educational resources.
  • Why OER Matters:
    • This section outlines the impact of OER on teaching and learning and the opportunities for equity that exist with the flexibility of open.
  • How to Get Started with OER:
    • This section outlines the practical information you need to adopt, adapt, or create your own OER.



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Unless otherwise noted, this guide is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License. We encourage users to remix, adapt, and select portions or the entirety of this document to meet their individual needs.

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