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Open Educational Resources at Boise State University

OER Projects at Boise State

From ancillary materials to course textbooks, Boise State faculty, staff, and students from across the university are creating engaging OER available for anyone to retain, reuse, revise, remix, and redistribute for educational purposes.

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Explore OER

At Boise State, open educational resources (OER) are free, openly-licensed materials that permit use, revision, and redistribution. While the benefits of OER are available to all learners and educators, OER draws on the principles of diversity, equity, and inclusion. As such, it is developed for the empowerment and with the participation of marginalized learners who may be underrepresented in educational contexts.

Boise State has the tools and expertise necessary to help you get started.


Find peer-reviewed OER using the Albertsons Library OER Guide


Find and share OER with OER commons


Modify and create OER with Pressbooks
This image, itself, is an OER that has been licensed CC BY Johan Larsson

More About OER

The Hewlett Foundation defines open educational resources (OER) as,“teaching, learning and research materials in any medium – digital or otherwise – that reside in the public domain or have been released under an open license that permits no-cost access, use, adaptation and redistribution by others with no or limited restrictions.”

OER offset the cost of traditional course materials while also providing learners with full access to quality learning resources. A growing body of literature on OER is proving what may seem obvious: students succeed when they have guaranteed access to required course materials.

For faculty, OER offer unmatched flexibility in aligning course content around the needs of their students. Activities for faculty may range from adopting an open textbook just like they would publisher materials, to creating and remixing their own OER with students. The Boise State community has the resources and know-how to make any OER-based activities a reality.

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