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SCALE - Adopt & Create OER

Why Adopt OER?

  • OER are openly licensed so they can be revised and customized, allowing instructors to tailor course materials to their course and specific learning objectives.
  • instructors can directly reduce the cost of education for their students by adopting OER or other affordable course materials.
  • Students will benefit from day one access to course materials, eliminating delays in learning and the need for catch-up.

Find the right course materials

OER repositories are a good place to begin your search. Many open textbooks are peer reviewed which can help narrow your search. Our guide to Finding Open & Affordable Materials provides links to general OER collections and subject specific OERs

Your campus librarians can also help you find relevant OER or library-licensed materials that are no-cost to students and available on day one of class.

Review and evaluate

Open course materials should be evaluated, just as traditional materials would be, to ensure they meet your criteria and are the right fit for your course.  While you may have your own evaluation guidelines for course materials, there are many available tools and rubrics for evaluating open textbooks that can help as you review materials:

Found an OER that almost fits your needs? Adapt it! 

Because they are openly licensed, OER can be adapted and customized, giving instructors the freedom to tailor course materials to align with specific course objectives. Content can be easily and continuously updated to reflect historical updates, scientific and technical advances, or perspectives in a discipline or technical field.  

The resources below can help you with adapting OER. Your campus librarians or instructional designers may also be able to offer guidance on adapting materials to your course.

Additional resources for successful adoption of open course materials:

Still have questions about OER? Check out our FAQs.

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