Open Education Resources

What are Open Educational Resources (OER)?


“Open Educational Resources (OER) are resources that are avail­able at little or no cost that can be used for teaching, learning, or research. The term can include textbooks, course readings, and other learning content; simulations, games, and other learning ap­plications; syllabi, quizzes, and assessment tools; and virtually any other material that can be used for educational purposes. OER typically refers to electronic resources, including those in multimedia formats, and such materials are generally released under a Creative Commons or similar license that supports open, or nearly open, use of the content. OER can originate from colleges and universities, libraries, archival organizations, government agencies, commercial organizations such as publishers, or faculty or other individuals who develop educational resources they are willing to share.”

– EDUCAUSE Learning Initiative

OER Consultation Service

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Public Domain image from the Noun Project website


The OPEN SLCC initiative offers an OER consultation service for faculty and staff who are considering adopting open materials. Meet with the library's OER Technician to discuss your needs, and the OER Team, along with your department's library liaison, will locate and vet Open Educational Resources that support your requested content and criteria.

To request assistance, please contact the Library's  OER Technician for a Consultation.

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