Open Educational Resources (OER) are defined as “any type of educational materials that are in the public domain or introduced with an open license.” OER, as the LBCC Library describes them, come in many shapes and forms. For instance, they might be a full course with lesson plans, lecture notes, readings, assignments, videos, and tests, or they might be a single module, textbook, or syllabus. Regardless of their extensiveness or format, the important aspect is the accessibility and open licensing.
Born from a desire to make education less expensive and more accessible, OER is an effective alternative to classic (expensive) textbooks and allows instructors to tailor their classroom to fit the specific needs of specific students. The use of OER also shows a decrease in time spent developing curriculum for instructors.
For more information on OER, including how to find these resources, use these resources, and make these resources accessible, see the LBCC library’s OER guide page.