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  • What is OER?

    What are Open Educational Resources?

    "OER 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. Open educational resources include full courses, course materials, modules, textbooks, streaming videos, tests, software, and any other tools, materials, or techniques used to support access to knowledge."

    The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation

    OER Search Engines

    Additional Reading for OER Beginners

    How can I get started with OER?

    Contact Kady Fortier your OER librarian for more help with finding or adopting OER! OR 757-825-2871

    Learn the basics of open educational resources with Pathways. To sign up for a Pathways workshop click the email me button to the right. In the mean time, take a look at the open texts for Pathways here:

    Dig a little deeper into copyright and open licensing, the foundation of OER. Try our copyright training module here:

    See how others have done it. Faculty have mapped their course learning outcomes to supporting open materials on the course in the mapping spreadsheets here:

    Start looking for OER you can adopt or adapt for your courses. Explore the sources we've listed for open textbooks, open courseware, journals, and other media on this guide!




    This OER guide was adapted from Tidewater Community College's OER LibGuide with permission from Tidewater Community College Library.