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Resources for Remote Teaching

What is OER?

The Colorado Open Educational Resources Council in their November 2017 report states: "Open Educational Resources (OER) are freely available online teaching and learning materials accessible to students, instructors and self-learners. Contained in digital media collections from around the world, examples of OER include full courses, lectures, quizzes, classroom activities, pedagogical materials and many other assets."

Why should I use OER in my course?

Faculty benefits

  • Customize your course content - remix content from multiple resources to suit your course needs
  • Avoid issues with students not being able to immediately access their textbook
  • Support students by reducing their costs
  • Provide equitable access to required content
  • Control updates

Student benefits

  • College and student success become more affordable
  • Equitable opportunities to succeed
  • Access textbooks on day 1 of course (or before) and access the textbook after the course ends
  • Improves end of course grades and reduces DFW grades for all students [1]
  • Improves course grades and decrease DFW rates at greater rates for students who receive Pell grants, part-time students and populations historically underserved by higher education [1]


This material was adapted from content created by Concordia University Libraries, and is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International License at Open Educational Resources.

[1] “The Impact of Open Educational Resource on Various Success Metrics”: http://www.isetl.org/ijtlhe/pdf/IJTLHE3386.pdf.

How do I get started?

Getting Started with OER - Set Aside Time - Start with Course Objectives - Explore Existing Content - As for Help