OER come on many different formats and are created by different types of people. The search for OER can be an overwhelming and daunting task. Especially for academic librarians and faculty that have to consider the academic integrity of the course material and pedagogy.
Do not be overwhelmed! First, start by contacting our Electronic & Educational Resources Librarian Chris Hulsman OR fill out the request for information form.
Additionally, consider these important OER details when beginning your search for OER:
Finding OER can be a daunting task, especially when there are so many unvetted and unsubstantiated information outlets online. A leading concern of implementing OER is evaluating the quality of the material. Occasionally, there are reviews from other faculty that have used specific OER available to browse. Unfortunately, as content experts, it is typically up to faculty to gage whether an OER is of high-quality. You are not alone however! Here are some aids to help you evaluate OER.
Looking for a replacement textbook? These repositories are searchable collections of OER textbooks. The vast majority of these are able to be remixed and repurposed with other material. Please contact a librarian for assistance with editing PDFs.
Search through repositories of open courses and explore open courseware that may fit your course.
Open Access Repositories search for any open access material that can be added or incorporated into course learning materials
These organizations provide information on OER and organize listservs, workshops, data collection, and other resources to assist and advnce the knowledge, discovery, and implementation of OER.