OERs are educational materials that include permission for anyone to use, modify and share at no cost. These are either in the public domain or have licenses that provide permission to retain, remix, revise, reuse and redistribute with proper citation. Resources with Creative Commons licenses meet this criteria. Check out an example of an OER remixed textbook or see the list of WTCS OER textbooks.
AERs are free or low-cost materials that do not have open licenses for editing or sharing (but they are still awesome for students). Examples include free (non-open) web resources, Library-supplied resources, or Bookstore options under $40.
When using OER in your class:
Use the OER Faculty Checklist to help you follow the steps to explore textbook possibilities, evaluate and choose materials, communicate your choice, add the materials to student booklists, and share in your courses. Links are provided to the experts who can assist you throughout the journey!
The NWTC Library staff are happy to help you find OER materials for your courses.
Please send an email to Julie Chapman or call her at 920-498-5490.
It helps if you can identify the following information:
The Library staff will pull together materials that you can review for use in your classes.
After finding OER materials, Kim LaPlante (920-498-5487) can help you determine the feasibility of remixing them together to create a custom textbook using the Pressbooks software. This can give students a book they can download for free plus the option to purchase that book in the Bookstore at a low cost. Example textbook.