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Open Educational Resources (OERs): Getting Started

A guide for FHSU faculty and students to help navigate the world of OERs.

How to Use this Guide

This guide contains the following pages:

  • What's an OER?
    • This page provides a clear definition of what does (and does not) constitute an open educational resource (OER).
  • Licensing
    • This page explains how to read a Creative Commons License (the most common type of license found on OERs) and answers some common questions.
  • OER Search Basics
    • This page outlines what to expect when you start searching for OERs, suggests a search strategy, and lists some of the best OER repositories.
  • Additional Textbook & Book Repositories
    • This page lists smaller repositories of open textbooks and books. (I recommend checking the resources on the OER Search Basics page first.)
  • Open Journals & Articles
    • This page lists repositories of journals and articles that are open to the general public and do not require an FHSU login.
  • Media
    • This page lists sources for images, videos, sound clips, and podcasts.
  • Organizations
    • This page lists organizations that provide information and/or advocacy related to open education.
  • Free Course Materials & Courses
    • This page lists sources for course materials (e.g. syllabi, slide decks) and free online courses.
  • Other Zero-Cost Resources
    • This page lists places to search for zero-cost educational resources that are NOT openly licensed.
  • Editing and Authoring
    • This page provides information and resources for editing or creating open textbooks and other OERs.
    • This page answers common questions about OERs and addresses common misconceptions.
  • Readings
    • This page suggests resources for learning more about OERs.


The content on this page is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution (CC BY) 4.0 license.