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Alternative Learning Materials Initiative (ALMI): Resources for Finding OER

Learn about Open Educational Resources (OER) and alternative materials to traditional textbooks that will fit your course curriculum

Searching for OER 

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: 

  • What fits your course & your pedagogy is the best choice
  • There may not always be ideal OER for your course 
  • Remixing and repurposing OER to create course materials can be a long and exhaustive project 
  • When it comes to sharing your course material and your content, we take intellectual property seriously
  • You are the content expert & you know what's best


SUNY Geneseo OASIS - Openly Available Sources Integrated Search
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Openly Available Sources Integrated Search (OASIS) is a search tool that aims to make the discovery of open content easier. OASIS currently searches open content from 114 different sources and contains 440,269 records.

OASIS is being developed at SUNY Geneseo's Milne Library.

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Evaluating 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. 

OER Textbook Repositories 

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.

Open Courses & Courseware

Search through repositories of open courses and explore open courseware that may fit your course. 

Open Access Repositories (OAR)

Open Access Repositories search for any open access material that can be added or incorporated into course learning materials 

Organizations & Listservs 

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.

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