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Open Educational Resources (OER) are teaching, learning, and research materials in any medium that reside in the public domain or have been released under an open license that permits their free use and re-purposing by others.

Open Educational Resources

Textbook costs have soared more than 800% since 1978, at more than four times the inflation rate. Student loan debt surpassed credit card debt for the first time in 2010. One study showed that 65% of students don’t buy textbooks due to the cost; other studies have recorded even higher percentages.

A growing solution to this problem of spiraling textbook costs is Open Educational Resources (OER): high-quality, openly-licensed educational materials available online. This guide has been developed to support PSU faculty interested in developing open access textbooks or incorporating OERs into their course materials.

Most of the materials linked from this guide are Creative Commons-licensed, so you can adapt and re-use the material as long as you attribute the author. Please refer to each site for details on use of their materials.

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Open Textbooks at PSU Library

Copyright Basics

For more support in locating course materials, please contact your subject librarian.

A Growing Movement

The movement towards open access and low cost course materials for students is growing, and new resources are being developed regularly. If you have suggestions for this guide, please contact Karen Bjork

Reducing Student Cost

Looking for tips to reduce the cost of textbooks? Check out the brochure Reducing the Costs of University Education is a Priority for PSU