Open Educational Resources (OER) are course materials that are shared under an intellectual property license that explicitly allows others to use and revise them freely. Examples of OER include textbooks, videos, activities, syllabi, and lectures shared under a Creative Commons license. In addition to cost savings, OER have been connected to student retention and completion. Affordable and open course materials save students money while also helping instructors improve learning outcomes.
IU’s eText program, created and operated by UITS, has helped IU instructors integrate affordable course material into their classrooms since 2010. Students play a reduced, flat fee for their eTexts and they are guaranteed access on the first day of the semester, increasing student engagement throughout the class. Students retain access to eTexts throughout their time as an IU student.
Be sure to check out our OER Guide for info on how to find, adopt, and create quality Open Educational Resources. Instructors interested in working with the Office of Scholarly Publishing to find or create OER can e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.