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Open Educational Resources: OER as a teaching resource

OER free resources online for instructors to assign in place of or in addition to textbooks.



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Information about OER

Open Educational Resources (OER) is a movement toward decreased reliance on text book publishers and increased building of learning materials using resources the library has already purchased and open source materials.  Washington State has seen experimentation with OER in the form of the Gates Grants.  We are aware that the high price of text books is a burden on our students, and we want to find a viable alternative where possible.  


Open Educational Resources are broadly considered to meet the “5Rs Framework,” meaning that users are free to:

  • Retain: Users have the right to make, archive, and "own" copies of the content;
  • Reuse:  Content can be reused in its unaltered form;
  • Revise: Content can be adapted, adjusted, modified or altered;
  • Remix: The original or revised content can be combined with other content to create something new;
  • Redistribute: Copies of the content can be shared with others in its original, revised or remixed form. -


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