Education: Open Textbook Resources
What are Open Educational Resources
Open Educational Resources (OER) are materials and resources offered freely and openly for anyone to use and, under some licenses, to re-mix improve, and redistribute. OER include textbooks, courses, course material, learning modules, learning objects, collections and journals. Most of OER are under terms of Creative Commons.
K-12 Open Educational Resources
Post Secondary Open Education 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 includes full courses, course materials, modules, textbooks, streaming videos, tests, software, and any other tools, materials, or techniques used to support access to knowledge”
Be sure to visit the Utah OER for information about finding OER.
Sources for Historical Textbooks
Rubrics for Evaluating Quality
Below are a few sites to begin understanding how to evaluate Open Education Resources, but there are many more on the open web.
Discussion on Online Textbooks
There is much discussion on the growth of online textbooks. Below are some suggestions for learning about this controversy.