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Cabrini Faculty: Open Educational Resources (OER)

Essential Sources

This extensive collection is backed by a community of faculty and instructional designers committed to sharing academic resources.

JStor has partnered with leading presses on a project to add open access ebooks. Thousands of titles are now available from publishers such as University of California Press, Cornell University Press, NYU Press, and University of Michigan Press.

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Our community supports the Open Textbook Library, a comprehensive resource for openly licensed academic textbooks. All textbooks are free, and the majority are peer reviewed. 

What are Open Educational Resources?

Open Educational Resources (OER) are "teaching, learning, and research resources that reside in the public domain or have been released under an intellectual property license that permits their free use and re-purposing by others."*

OER allow users to:

  • Retain – users have the right to make, archive, and own copies of the content
  • Reuse – content can be reused in its unaltered form
  • Revise – content can be adapted, adjusted, modified, and altered
  • Remix – original or revised content can be combined with other content to create something new
  • Redistribute – copies of the content can be shared with others in its original, revised or remixed form.**

*From The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation
**5 Rs from David Wiley

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Where Can I Find Open Textbooks?

Open Textbook Library
Created by the University of Minnesota to support development of high-quality, peer reviewed open textbooks in various subjects.

Initiated by Rice University, their free textbooks are developed and peer-reviewed to ensure they meet the scope and sequence requirements of college courses. These books were developed following traditional textbook publishing methods, including peer review, editorial support, and creation of ancillary content.  Available in multiple formats.

BC Campus OpenEd
Open textbooks for the 40 highest enrolled first- and second-year subject areas in the British Columbia's public, post-secondary system.

College Open Textbooks
This effort funded by the Hewlett Foundation, seeks to drive adoption of open textbooks. Many of the books shared on this resources are reviewed.

SUNY Open Textbooks
A pilot open access textbook publishing initiative focusing on high-quality, cost-effective course resources by engaging faculty as authors and peer-reviewers.

Saylor Academy
Collection of freely available open textbooks for download, online reading, and sharing.

OER Commons
Provides college-level open textbooks from higher education institutions around the world.

MERLOT Open Textbook
Multimedia Educational Resources for Learning and Online Teaching (MERLOT) is a curated resource of thousands of learning objects, including free and online textbooks.

Boundless works with experts to compile web-based openly available content into the same general arrangement of textbooks. You can search the ISBN for your current textbook and see what content Boundless would use to replace it.

Global Textbook Project
High-level texts hosted or created by the University of Georgia.

A project of the Wikimedia Foundation, this collection of group written textbooks in a variety of sources follows rules similar to Wikipedia.

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