What are Open Educational Resources (OER)?
OER are "teaching, learning, and research materials in any medium - digital or otherwise - that reside in the public domain or have been released under an open license that permits no-cost access, use, adaptation, and redistribution by others with no or limited restrictions." (William and Flora Hewlett Foundation)
What are the advantages to OER?
Are OER just about textbooks?
OER include full courses, course materials, modules, textbooks, streaming videos, tests, software, and any other tools, materials, or techniques used to support access to knowledge that are freely available.
Want to know more?
Click on the discipline tabs above to discover OER related to your discipline. Did you know you can contact your subject librarian for assistance in identifying OER materials that work best for your classes?
Check out The OER Starter Kit by Abbey Elder which is available under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.
Already using OER in your classes?
We would like to know about it! Email us and tell us what class you have used OER in, what resource you have used, how many semesters, and an estimate of how many students have benefited from OER.
Also, see the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, SPARC Open Education Fact Sheet and Massachusetts Open Education – Achieving Access for All have additional information and statistics.
#TEXTBOOKBROKE: Impact of Textbook Cost on FSU Students
Fitchburg State Student Voices: #textbookbroke (2:33 min)
Fitchburg State University students share their stories about the impact the high cost of textbooks has had on their lives and experiences as students. These images and video were captured as part of a MassPIRG - Fitchburg State event in the Fall of 2019.
#TEXTBOOKBROKE: A Discussion on OERs as a Solution to the Cost of Textbooks (56:29 min)
Fitchburg State faculty panel discusses their adoption and implementation of open educational resources or OERs in their classes. The event was help online on Tuesday, September 15, 2020 and was sponsored by the Amelia V. Gallucci-Cirio Library, Fitchburg State Student Government Association (SGA), and the FSU Chapter of MassPIRG
Contact your subject librarian for assistance in identifying OER materials that work best for your classes. Also explore the information provided by discipline (see tabs on left).
Fitchburg State University OER Committee 2019-2020: Laura Baker, Franca Barricelli, Nicole Chelonis, Andrew Goodwin, Jackie Kremer, Mathangi Krishnamurthy, Viera Lorencova, Jason Smith, Connie Strittmatter, Kisha Tracy, Jiang Yu
Created by George Mason University, the Mason OER Metafinder searches sixteen targets in real-time, instantly returning the top several hundred or so relevant hits from each site.
Openly Available Sources Integrated Search (OASIS) is a search tool that aims to make the discovery of open content easier. OASIS currently searches open content from 52 different sources and contains 155,375 records. OASIS is being developed at SUNY Geneseo's Milne Library in consultation with Alexis Clifton, SUNY OER Services Executive Director.
Fitchburg State University’s Open and Affordable Education Committee invites you to submit an application for a grant to adopt high quality, no cost, freely accessible resources into an upcoming course. Up to eight (8) $500 grants will be awarded to encourage faculty to adopt no cost textbooks/materials using either Open Educational Resources (OER) or library resources. OER are teaching, learning, and research resources that are free of cost and access barriers, and which also carry legal permission for open use. Grants will also be awarded for replacing commercial textbooks/materials with library online books, journals, and/or films.
Application Due Date: May 22, 2020.
Application Form: https://forms.gle/pUoEACum6QEUbZTW7