ARC Session Explains OER for Faculty

This ARC, 2021 presentation with Victoria Koger and Maria Sclafani explains what University Libraries can do to support faculty seeking to use open educational resources in their classrooms.


University Libraries OER Library Guide

OASIS (SUNY’s Openly Available Sources Integrated Search) is a tool that searches for OER content from more than 70 sources. 

Both of these repositories contain open textbooks along with a wealth of other open educational resources.


In addition to MERLOT and OER Commons, the following sites offer open textbooks: 

The American Institute of Mathematic Open Textbook Initiative - Contains links to open textbooks that meet AIM’s evaluation criteria.

BCcampus OpenEd - Find or adapt textbooks that are openly licensed for reuse in 40 subject areas.

Boundless Courses - This catalog contains educational content originally curated by Boundless. Subjects include: Accounting, Art, Biology, Business, Chemistry, Communication, English, History, Mathematics, Physics, Political Science, Psychology, and Sociology.

College Open Textbooks Collaborative - A collection of twenty-nine education organizations that are focused on driving awareness and adoptions of open textbooks. They offer training for instructors adopting open resources, peer reviews of open textbooks, and mentoring online professional networks that support for authors opening their resources, and other services.

LibreText - begun at the University of California, Davis, LibreText offers resources across twelve disciplines (almost 400 items) and has dozens of contributing institutions.  

Open Course Library - Textbooks, syllabi, assessments, in 81 high-enrollment college courses created by a Washington State Board for Community & Technical Colleges (SBCTC) grant.

Open Stax College - Through grant funding, Open Stax College is producing free open textbooks for high enrollment college courses using the ConneXions platform. Subjects include: College Physics, Introduction to Sociology, Biology, Concepts of Biology, and Anatomy and Physiology.

Open SUNY Textbooks - A collection of Open Educational Resources (OER) adopted across SUNY.

The University of Minnesota Open Education Initiative - UM created a catalog of open textbooks and is providing $500-$1000 stipends for faculty members to review and adopt these resources.

Wikibooks - A collection of open-content textbooks built on a Wikipedia-like platform.


Textbook Accessibility Resources

BC Open Textbook Accessibility Toolkit - The Accessibility Toolkit provides the needed resources for each content creator, instructional designer, educational technologist, librarian, administrator, and teaching assistant to create a truly open and accessible textbook -- one that is free and accessible for all students. – Kansas Accessibility Resources Network, which provides training and resources that provide an introduction to document accessibility challenges and solutions.


"Adopting Open Textbooks" Peer-to-Peer University, 2015. (Not an active course, but content is archived.) Includes the following learning outcomes:

  1. Find, evaluate, modify and adopt an open textbook
  2. Build your network by finding and connecting with educators interested in open education and open textbook
  3. Define and describe the following terms: open education, open educational resources (OER) and open textbooks
  4. Explain why open education is important
  5. Identify problems that open textbooks may address
  6. Correctly identify Creative Commons licenses and use them appropriately in the context of open textbooks
  7. Identify common challenges for faculty who want to use open textbooks and define strategies to help mitigate those challenges.