|The fastest way to start using OER in your classes would be to adopt an existing OER textbook. Find a textbook that would work for you using some of the resources in this guide, like "SUNY Open Textbooks", or "OpenStax". This Open Textbook Adoption guide from OpenStax shows five steps to adopting an Open Textbook for a course. This site also offers many examples. Lumen Learning also has many ready to adopt courses. Please contact Peter Barvoets at firstname.lastname@example.org (x5894) for more information.|
There are various lists and rubrics for evaluating OER available online. Five common elements of these rubrics include:
Examples of rubrics for evaluating OER are available below:
Besides their general quality, the accessibility of OER is also an important factor to consider, especially in light of the online nature of most OER. Information about creating and evaluating the accessibility of OER is listed below.
NEW SEARCH TOOL for OER Open Content (added 9/18)
OASIS (Openly Available Sources Integrated Search)
OASIS includes the ability to limit search results by license, type, subject, source, and reviews available. Through OASIS, you can also suggest new sources to be added to the catalog and/or share items of interest through email.
Creative Commons search
Search the web with Creative Commons filtered search engine to find web sites, articles, videos, images, and other resources licensed for sharing.
Important: Depending on the subject you teach, finding a variety of OER in your discipline may be difficult. If you are having issues locating OER in your discipline, contact your subject liaison. (see list of library liaisons.)
A few collections with discipline-specific resources available online are listed below:
OER in the Sciences
OER in the Arts & Humanities
OER in the Social Sciences
Open Access is not the same as OER. Open Access materials are still under traditional copyright. They cannot be copied, shared, or remixed. The thing that makes them distinctive is that, unlike traditional journal articles, you can read them on the web without having a subscription or paying for a download. This is important for the free flow of scholarly communication and the sustainability of libraries; however it doesn't allow you to embed the content in your course. You can still only link to Open Access articles, not copy or share them.
Below, you'll find a list of resources helpful for finding open access journals. If you are not using a curated list of open access journals, but rather searching on the open web for open access journals, you may get results that include predatory / low-quality titles.