Open Education Resources

What is OER?

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.

The most significant barrier to wider adoption of OER remains the time and effort required to find, evaluate, and use it effectively.

Why Should I Use OER?

Increase Equity
All students have access to high quality learning materials that have the  most up-to-date and relevant content. 
Save Money 
Switching to educational materials that are openly licensed can make  the text books and companion products much more affordable to students and institutions that are providing text books on a course fee  model. Often these materials are available at much lower cost than traditional text books.
Keep Content Relevant and High Quality 
The terms of use of much of openly licensed educational resources  allows educators to maintain the quality and relevance of their  materials through continuous updates.
Empower Teachers
Openly licensed educational resources empower teachers as creative  professionals by giving them the ability to adapt and customize learning materials to meet the needs of their students without  breaking copyright laws.
How Can I Adopt OER?
Barnes & Noble Education Courseware
  • Select the link below to see the full list of Courseware titles available
  • Click to view more options, or select Adopt to add the title to your adoption
  • The adoption will flow into your bookstore's textbook management system automatically.
Click here to adopt Barnes & Noble Education Courseware.
Other OER (such as OpenStax, Merlot or XanEdu)
  • Select the link below to add these materials to your adoption via the New Title form
  • Complete the required fields of Title, Author, Publisher, and fi the material is Required or Recommended
  • Complete as much other information as you have available to assist your bookstore in adopting this title
Click here to adopt OER as a new title.

OER at Your Bookstore

Our LoudCloud Courseware Solution combines high-quality OER – such as OpenStax – with student and Instructor support.

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OpenStax publishes high-quality, peer-reviewed, openly licensed college textbooks that are absolutely free online and low cost in print.

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Use XanEdu’s simple DIY platform or concierge service to easily create custom textbooks or coursepacks that include OER materials from sources such as OpenStax.

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MERLOT is a curated collection of free and open online teaching, learning, and faculty development services contributed and used by an international education community.

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