With the current term underway, it is never too early to think about how to prepare for the next semester’s coursework. Students need help with managing their school cost, which has prompted institutions of higher education to adopt programs that keep the costs of textbooks low. One such initiative — in place across the University of Missouri System since 2017 — promotes open educational resources, or OER. These openly licensed materials are available at once, free-of-charge to students.
If you and your department are interested in more information on OER and how to integrate these materials into your teaching, we invite you to attend one of our Open Educational Resources Workshops. These sessions feature a presentation on open educational resources, and the opportunity to speak one-on-one with library specialists to learn more about adopting open content. There are two sessions remaining this fall, on November 16th and November 19th. To attend click the image above to register for the next session.
Faculty and students may think that “Open Educational Resources” (OERs) equals “free textbooks.” While some OERs are open textbooks, other types and formats of learning tools are OERs as well. Here are a few examples of OERs in different academic areas to spark your interest in how OERs might improve the effectiveness and affordability of instructional materials for students. All these resources (and more!) can be found using UMSL Libraries’ Open Educational Resources Research Guide. See the OER works being used at UMSL here : https://irl.umsl.edu/oer.