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Faculty Guide: OER & Open Textbooks

A faculty guide for accessing and adopting open educational resources and textbooks

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Daly, U., and Sebesta, J. (2021). Time for OER: Strategies to grow sustainable programs. Community College Journal, 92(2), 33-34. 

Hilton, J. (2020). Open educational resources, student efficacy, and user perceptions: a synthesis of research published between 2015 and 2018. Education Tech Research Dev 68853–876. 




Timely OER Tutorials from CCCOER  - "These are ideal for faculty, librarians, and instructional designers who are new to OER or need a refresher on basic concepts related to finding, adapting, and teaching with open educational resources." Modules included: Introduction to OER, Copyright & Open Licensing Applied, Searching for OER by Discipline, Designing Courses with OER, and Evaluating and Selecting OER.

Open Education - This is a brief OER overview from Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition (SPARC).

Openstax: Introduction to Open Educational Resources - A tutorial on OERs in nine lessons.

Florida Virtual Campus: 2018 Student Textbook and Course Materials Survey Results from a survey of over 21,000 students on textbook affordability and acquisition of at Florida’s public higher education institutions. The survey is typically done every two years with the results published the following year. Published: 8 March 2019.

Affordable Textbooks: A Policy Guide - From the U.S.PIRG Education Fund & the Student PIRGs, provides current, relevant information on the textbook issue for students.



The following organizations are dedicated to support OER creation and adoption in higher education. If you are looking for further support or research regarding OER, please visit their websites: