OPEN EDUCATIONAL RESOURCES
The term OER describes publicly accessible materials and resources for any user to use, re-mix, improve and redistribute under some licenses. Open Educational Resources (OER) are freely accessible, openly licensed text, media, and other digital assets that are useful for teaching, learning, and assessing as well as for research purposes.
In the Spring of 2018, UIS began an effort to lower the cost of attendance to students by lowering or eliminating the cost of course materials. This is through the replacement of textbooks and other course materials purchased by students with books, articles, and other materials licensed by the Library or Open Educational Resources (OER). Lower textbook costs have been attributed to increased access and better learning outcomes for students.
The Center for Online Learning Research and Service at the University of Illinois Springfield began an Open Educational Resources (OER) Fellows Program for Individual Faculty.
Visit the Library's OER guide for assistance in locating high quality open resources.