Open Educational Resources

Open Educational Resources (OER) increase student access to their course materials. Learn more about the ways eCampus Center supports faculty using OER in their online courses.

What are Open Educational Resources?

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.

For faculty, this means that OER can often be adapted to meet the specific learning needs of your online students. OER also ensures that every online student in your course has day-one access to the materials they need to succeed.

OER Initiatives at Boise State

OER Initiatives at Boise State

Library Guide to Finding OER

Library Guide to Finding OER

Boise State OER Textbooks

Boise State OER Textbooks

Open Textbook Library

Open Textbook Library

OER Support for Online Faculty

At eCampus Center, we offer support for faculty who are interested in adopting OER in their online course. Our OER specialist can help faculty with:

  • Locating potential OER
  • Creating a custom OER course map with materials aligned to learning outcomes
  • Building OER materials into a cohesive ebook for online students
  • Identifying open ancillary materials to support student learning
  • Advising on copyright and licensing

If you are interested in finding out if OER is a good fit for your online course, please contact Monica Brown, eCampus Center’s OER Coordinator.