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Open Educational Resources for Online Learning

Affordable Learning Solutions @ IUPUI


Our names are Justin and Rachel, and we are the OER Liaison librarians at University Library  We are here to support you during the transition to online classes. The following resources, organized by school or discipline, are free for you and your students to use. Please contact us with any questions. We are happy to assist in finding material for your classes. 


Open Educational Resources (OERs): Don’t reinvent the wheel: Open Office Hours 10:00 – 11:00 a.m. Thursdays Starting June 11. 

Did you know that there are thousands of open educational resources available freely for every discipline? These include textbooks but also readings and supplemental materials. As you’re thinking about putting parts of your fall classes online, OERs can provide digital instructional materials that you can use and adapt to fit your needs.

University Library, the Center for Teaching and Learning, and UITS will have joint Zoom Open Office Hours on Thursdays from 10:00 – 11:00 a.m.  June 11 through July 2, Feel free to drop in with questions, to discuss your project ideas, or just to learn more about OER at IU! People will be available to talk with you about adding open content to your course using Canvas or Pressbooks and help you discover OERs in your content area.




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Syllabus Review

Have a syllabus? We can provide an OER Syllabus Review

University Library can help see what resources are available. Below my image you'll see an Email Me button. Send me an email and attach your syllabus. I'll review the syllabus and let you know if there are any comparable OER resources.  

How did I get involved in OERs

How did I become involved in OERs?

I first became aware of the often debilitating cost of textbooks as an undergraduate student; however, it was only when I first taught full-time as a college professor, that I realized how big of an impact the cost of textbooks can have on student success. In my classes, students might not purchase the textbook because their student aid had not arrived in time for the semester or because they couldn’t afford the cost of all their books. This left them to decide which texts were the most important. I found that the students who did not purchase the book had less comprehension of the material and, as a result, often received lower grades. It was because of these observations in the classroom that I first explored open-educational resources and became a proponent of their use.

Open Educational Resources (OER) are any copyrightable work (or in the public domain) that is licensed in a manner that provides users with free and perpetual permission to engage in the 5R activities:

  1. Retain - the right to make, own, and control copies of the content (e.g., download, duplicate, store, and manage)

  2. Reuse - the right to use the content in a wide range of ways (e.g., in a class, in a study group, on a website, in a video)

  3. Revise - the right to adapt, adjust, modify, or alter the content itself (e.g., translate the content into another language)

  4. Remix - the right to combine the original or revised content with other material to create something new (e.g., incorporate the content into a mashup)

  5. Redistribute - the right to share copies of the original content, your revisions, or your remixes with others (e.g., give a copy of the content to a friend) be retain, reuse, revise, remix and redistribute

The cost of textbooks and learning material is a barrier to success. As my esteemed colleague, Jere Odell, recently notedIUPUI students currently pay an average of $1,204.00 for books and supplies per year. That’s an annual investment of $26 million by students and families on course materials. This is a staggering statistic that is especially detrimental to under-resourced students. And, utilizing OERs is one of the easiest ways to help create equitable access and student participation in the classroom. While research on OERs is still in its infancy, recent studies have indicated that OER adoption contributes to improved course grades and withdrawal rates (which subsequently impact time-to-degree). Along with the overall reduction of per-semester costs that results from OER use, these factors point to the possibility of better retention rates for students using OERs as their primary textbooks. These elements also particularly benefit under-resourced students, for whom contingencies associated with cost, course performance, and time-to-degree can mean the difference between staying in college or dropping out.

Creative Commons License

AffordaCreative Commons Licenseble Learning Solutions: Open Educational Resources by College is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License. Under this license, you are free to copy and redistribute the material it contains in any medium or format. Also, you may remix, transform, and build upon the material.

This guide has many authors. Thank you to Adriana Poo, Linda Crotty, Ann Agee, Christina Mune, Cory Laurence, Markita Dawson, Marva Tomer, and Michelle Chimento.