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OER (Open Educational Resources): Get started

OER links to sources of free ebooks intended for educational use.

Ideas for Getting Started

Using OER at first can be daunting because there are so many resources and so much potential. Where can you start?

Fortunately, instructors don't have to go all-OER immediately. On this page, we share a few small steps for those who want to get started to learn about OER and participate in the community.

Start Small

Deposit OER

OER collections like Merlot and OER Commons are made of resources created by the community. You can contribute as well! Once you've created and licensed an item, deposit it in one of these collections or choose one of the subject-specific collections listed in this guide.

Use one OER

Try out an Open Educational Resources from one of the many collections out there in your class. It can be an assignment, in-class activity, or any other small component of your overall class. If you like it, keep using it!

Review OER

Merlot's GRAPE Camp for official peer reviewers. If you run a blog or social media site, you can write a post with a review of the material that you have found and used.

Make a list of OER resources for your discipline

  • Make a list on your website or blog.
  • Send it to a discipline's mailing list.
  • Post it on social media like or LinkedIn.
  • Share it with your library subject liaisons.


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Guide information

This guide is adapted from the excellent resources at the University of Pittsburgh, Portland Community College, Virginia Tech, and UMass Amherst Libraries.

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