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Open Educational Resources

Learn more about OER and how to find, create, modify, and use it.

OER Bibliography

Bali, M., Cronin, C., Czerniewicz, L., DeRosa, R., & Jhangiani, R. (Eds.). (2020). Open at the margins: Critical perspectives on open education. Rebus Community.

Collection of materials (including articles, lectures, blog posts, and other sources) contributed by diverse authors/co-authors about curating and centering marginal voices in open education.

Bay View Analytics. Open Educational Resources - Recent Publications.

Reports, surveys, infographics, and other publications about OER, distance education, and related issues.

Butcher, N., Kanwar, A., & Uvalic-Trumbic, S. (2015). A basic guide to open educational resources (OER). Commonwealth of Learning.

Answers to frequently asked questions about OER along with information on open licenses, distance education, online resources, and technology.

Creative Commons. (2020). Creative Commons for Educators and Librarians [PDF]. ALA Editions.

Chapter 5 (pp. 91-126) is particularly useful. This section includes definitions and overviews of open access, open pedagogy, OER, open textbooks, open courses, and more.

Elder, A. K. (2019). The OER Starter Kit. Iowa State University Digital Press.

Introduction to open education, providing an overview of copyright and sections on finding, teaching with, and creating OER. Includes suggested reading and additional resources.

Grodecka, K., & ƚliwowski, K. (2014). Open Educational Resources Mythbusting [Pamphlet]. Open Educational Resources Policy in Europe.

Basic overview of what OER is along with a Q&A-style section explaining common misconceptions about OER.

Hilton, J. (2016). Open educational resources and college textbook choices: A review of research on efficacy and perceptions. Educational Technology Research and Development, 64(4), 573-590.

From the abstract: "This article synthesizes the results of 16 studies that examine either (1) the influence of OER on student learning outcomes in higher education settings or (2) the perceptions of college students and instructors of OER."

Jhangiani, R. S., & Biswas-Diener, R. (Eds.). (2017). Open: The philosophy and practices that are revolutionizing education and science. Ubiquity Press.

This book tells the stories of the open education movement including motives, insights, and tips.

Miao, F., Mishra, S., Orr, D., & Janssen, B. (2019). Guidelines on the development of open educational resources policies. UNESCO and Commonwealth of Learning.

Overview of the process for designing and implementing OER policy.

Open Textbook Alliance. Open Textbooks Guide [Pamphlet].

Guidebook featuring advantages of adopting open textbooks and overview of ways to promote open textbook use at your institution.

Orr, D., Rimini, M., & Van damme, D. (2015). Open educational resources: A catalyst for innovation. Educational Research and Innovation, OECD Publishing.

Report highlighting developments and practices in OER along with suggestions for "how OER can be a tool for innovation in teaching and learning."

Student PIRGs. Affordable Textbooks Faculty Statement of Support. The Action Network.

Add your name to this Student PIRGs petition to pledge your support of affordable textbooks.

Student PIRGS. Our Textbooks Research.

Research reports created by Student PIRGS' "Make Textbooks Affordable" campaign. Reports include titles such as "Fixing the Broken Textbook Market" and "OPEN 101: An Action Plan for Affordable Textbooks," with research from the early 2000s to the present.