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


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Donna Ziegenfuss
Marriott Library

1st Floor Library
Room 1726E

Office Hours:
9-10 AM Tuesdays & Thursdays
By Appointment
Website Skype Contact: dziegenfuss

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.

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