Find, evaluate, and adopt OERs

For the last 15 years, the amount of high quality OERs have been growing, and there are large collections for you to search on the Library’s¬†OER Resource guide. Resources available to you range from collections of entire “open textbooks” like the University of Minnesota Open Textbook Library, to advanced search settings that enable you to¬†limit your Google image search by license type (select “usage rights”).

As you search for materials, check to see if the following information is included with the learning object:

  • ‚ÄčAuthorship and¬†credentials
  • Peer review and affiliations
  • Intellectual property licensing:
    • Is the license displayed?
    • Are there terms of use? Terms of service?
    • Is there a fee model associated with this resource? Is it provided by a company or a non-profit?
    • Are users required to register or pay for any services?

Materials O.K. to include in your overall O.E.R.:

  • Public domain materials
  • Open Access materials (journal articles and books)
  • Library Digital Resources
  • Free online that you can link to

Materials NOT O.K. to include in your O.E.R.:

  • Copyright protected materials

Remember two things:

  1. You are the subject expert so trust your instincts
  2. Not all subject areas are represented equally in the form of OERs.¬†If you’d like additional support finding cost-free materials – especially if you think your course subject¬†would be better represented¬†through¬†library resources, contact your library subject liaison.

This short guide embedded below will help you organize your searches.

Download the PDF version.



More info: Evaluate & Adopt OERs

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