OERs are classroom and study materials that can be used, adapted, and redistributed by others with no or limited restrictions.
We've collected some places to start looking, organized by discipline.
Library eBooks and articles from our databases are resources we already have, and save students money.
Schedule a time to meet with Kelly & Robin. We're happy to help you look for resources.
If a traditional text is the best fit for your class, here are a few considerations to help with costs.
1. Link to articles in Library databases instead of compiling coursepacks of articles
2. Submit your required readings list as early as possible
3. Avoid assigning textbooks with Access Codes
4. Give students time to obtain the text
5. Consider placing a copy of your text on Reserve at your library. (Temporarily unavailable due to Covid-19) Reserves Tips:
1.) Place your Reserves request early. If you wait till classes begin, staff have less time to process reserve requests.
2.) If the library doesn't own the book, it may be possible to place a personal copy on Reserves.
It is important that faculty have the freedom to choose the most effective course materials. The ability to combine chapters, articles, and OERs from various sources can enhance a professor's options in designing the best course.
Disciplines tend to use different types of materials for scholarship and teaching. The humanities rely less on standard texts (and course materials tend to be less expensive); while some disciplines rely heavily on articles for course readings; and for other fields, standard texts work best. It's important to select materials that work best for teaching in a field AND to consider the effects of course material costs on students.