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Open Educational Resources (OER): A Guide for HVCC Faculty: Introduction

Getting Started with Open Educational Resources

What are open educational resources (OER)?

  • Learning materials available to students without cost or with greatly reduced cost
  • Learning materials that can be readily used, adapted, or revised by others as permitted by the original author
  • Learning materials that replace or reduce the need to purchase high-priced, commercially published textbooks

Image credit: SUNY OER Services is licensed under CC BY- 4.0  

Video: Why Open Education Matters

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Recommended Reading about OER

Student PIRGs, “Covering the Cost”,, February 3, 2016, accessed February 19, 2016.

"Why textbooks cost so much; Higher education." The Economist 16 Aug. 2014: 24(US). HVCC access

Hilton, John, and Carol Laman. "One College’s Use Of An Open Psychology Textbook." Open Learning 27.3 (2012): 265-272.  HVCC access

Azevedo, Alisha. "Pay Nothing? Easier Said Than Done." Chronicle Of Higher Education 59.21 (2013): A18-A19. Education Source. Web. 16 Feb. 2016. HVCC access

American Council on Education, “Open Textbooks: The Current State of Play.” April 2015.  Accessed February 19, 2016.

Clobridge, Abby. "The Open Road. Libraries, Meet Open Textbooks." Online Searcher 39.3 (2015): 68-70. Education Source. Web. 16 Feb. 2016. HVCC button