This guide provides resources for finding & using no-cost course materials & Open Educational Resources (OER). The guide is divided into several sections:
If you have any questions about this guide or finding & using no-cost course materials, get in touch with Andrea Schuler, chair of the Tisch OER Steering Committee.
"Open Educational Resources (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."
OER are one way to address textbook unaffordability by providing high quality, free alternatives. They also allow instructors to reuse, remix, and create course material that is directly tailored to their teaching.
Textbook costs are consistently rising, leaving many students unable to afford resources necessary for their coursework.
"Prices have increased by almost 190% since 2006, and undergraduate students now budget over $1,200 for materials each academic year. Lower-income community college students are particularly affected, with textbook costs accounting for 80% of their total college attendance expenditures."
OER are one way to address textbook unaffordability by providing high quality, free alternatives.
What resources do you have permission to use?
Many OERs are shared openly under Creative Commons (CC) licenses. CC licenses indicate the permissions for sharing and reusing creative work. Licenses range from public domain (no ownership or restrictions) to Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs (give attribution to the creator, don't use for commercial purposes, and do not create derivatives).
Infographic: “Creative Commons License Spectrum” by Shaddim (CC BY)