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Open Educational Resources & Open Access

The skyrocketing cost of student textbooks has contributed to the growth and adoption of open educational resources. This guide is designed to help you learn more about these types of resources and where to begin in locating possible OER course resources

Tips for Adopting OER Materials

1.  Start small: Choose one or two OERs to supplement a current text you are using.  Think about a difficult concept students are struggling with and search for an OER on the topic to embed in your course.

2.  Adopt a peer-reviewed textbook: The Open Textbook Library includes faculty reviews of open source texts in their Library.  A textbook library affiliated with a major university (Rice), like OpenStax, is also a good starting point for identifying quality open source textbooks.