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Open Educational Resources and E-Textbooks

This guide will provide information and resources regarding using online/electronic textbooks

What is OER?

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"Open educational resources (OER) are free and openly licensed educational materials that can be used for teaching, learning, research, and other purposes."  From the Creative Commons

Why OER?

Video Credit: 2016, Research Shorts, A Review of the Effectiveness & Perceptions of Open Educational Resources As Compared to Textbooks, CC BY

Description: Students spend a lot of money on textbooks. Alternatives to the expensive textbooks that come from commercial publishers are open educational resources, or OER. But, are these free resources as effective or of the same quality as textbooks? The research says yes. This video summarizes the available research synthesized in Hilton, J. (2016) Open educational resources and college textbook choices: a review of research on efficacy and perceptions. Education Tech Research and Development, 64(4), 573 - 590. Download the original research from:

How Can We Help?

Librarians are available (and would love) to assist faculty with electronic texts.  Some ways we might be able to help: 

"Super Hero" Librarian

1. Selection of materials: If you aren't sure where to look for high-quality texts, or if you would like to recommend a purchase.

2. Implementation: Integrating electronic texts into your syllabus, assignments, course structure, or D2L pages.

3. Making decisions: Electronic texts might not be right for everyone - we can help you explore the options and decide.