College of Education: Library and Research Resources

This Education Subject Guide contains general library, information literacy and library research information for the College of Education. It also links to more specific information on College of Education departments.

What are 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. 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” A report from the Hewlett Foundation’s Education Program. (

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.

Open Access SPARC  There are four primary mechanisms that can be used to enable Open Access. Check this out!

Discussion about Open Textbooks

There is much discussion on the growth of online textbooks. Below are some suggestions for learning about this controversy.

Post Secondary Open Education Resources

Be sure to visit the Utah OER for OER resources AND UEN PRESSBOOKS to access software to create your own OER books.

K-12 Open Educational Resources

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.

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