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Open Educational Resources at Boise State

Promoting student access and reclaiming faculty choice


OER Lunch & Learn Webinar Series

Join us throughout the fall semester for the OER Lunch & Learn Series! We will be sharing inspiring work from across campus and actionable ideas for teaching with OER during turbulent times. 

Learn more about our speakers and topics here.
A Simple Concept with Complex Implications

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


Contact the Boise State OER Group

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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.

Join Our Community

Members of Boise State’s professional and academic communities actively collaborate around open education initiatives, including biweekly meetings to discuss stakes and strategies for supporting OER. If you’re interested in getting involved, please send an email to

Boise State OER Committee

Faculty, Students, and Staff come together bimonthly to discuss stakes and strategies for supporting OER. Whether they join in-person or online, those who contribute to this community of practice shape the landscape of open and affordable learning at Boise State.

The Open Textbook Network

Boise State is a member of the OTN, a higher education community of over 800 campuses. The OTN specializes in offering professional development to faculty and staff as well as creating guides and piloting collaborations between member institutions.


IOPEN calls unite open education advocates from across the Northwest. We never know who is going to attend or where our 30-minute conversations will lead us. Since early 2017, members have earned OER fellowships, advised statewide policy, and built resources to aid multiple institutions.

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