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Welcome to OER: Open Educational Resources

This site is a portal for Open Educational Resources (OER) and other affordable course materials. You will find links to OER repositories, organizations working on OER, research articles about the uses of OER and other affordable course materials, and reviews of available OER textbooks and materials. 

OER at Colorado State University

Colorado State University Fort Collins has a long track record, dating to the early 1990s, of using and creating high-quality open-educational resources and publishing peer-reviewed open-access publications that are frequently used to support instruction in undergraduate and graduate courses. It also has a strong record of support for the use of OER and other low-cost instructional materials in courses across the disciplines, a record that has contributed to steadily declining costs for instructional materials over the past several years. Notably, CSU has the largest number of Colorado residents enrolled at any single institution in the state (this year, 9.9% of all high school graduates in Colorado attend CSU-FC). By increasing the use of OER, students benefit through high-quality peer-reviewed open-access publications that fit the classroom context and a reduced cost of instructional materials. 

What is Open Educational Resources (OER)? 

"Open Educational Resources are teaching, learning, and research resources that reside in the public domain or have been released under an intellectual property license that permits their free use and re-purposing by others. 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." (William and Flora Hewlett Foundation) 

Why Use Open Educational Resources (OER)? 

“Every learner and educator has a right to high-quality content to further their education.” – Layla Bonnot Council of Chief State School Officers

Supports equal access to educational resources through digital platforms

Empowers teachers to make a difference in having a strong voice in sharing content and creating sources with students

Provides greater access to an education for students by reducing costs related to textual sources

Provides educators an opportunity to join a community of scholar learners who are doing similar work

Provides open licenses giving teachers a way to understand what materials they can use

Takes worries of copyright out of the classroom

Maximizes the potential for openness in reaching students through a reduction of costs and greater access to high-quality materials that fit their classroom contexts

Allows teachers to share educational resources at marginal costs