OER are any type of resources that have been designed for use in teaching and learning and that are: 1) freely available at any time and 2) published with an open license that enable users to reuse, revise, remix, retain, and redistribute them (commonly referred to as the "5Rs"). This could include images, videos, worksheets, handouts, and of course textbooks.
Open textbooks are available to students free of cost in digital formats. Many open textbooks are accompanied with ancillary resources such as question banks, slides, instructor manuals, and adaptive quizzing platforms.
Varying degrees of 'open' exist between, and even within the sites below. It's important to assess each individual resource for it's appropriateness, accessibility and level of open. Need an intro to Open Education? Try these videos:
There are many places where you can locate high quality OER. We recommend these to get started.
Additional sites: open resources mega sites that offer books as well as other OER teaching tools.
Found something you liked but would like to review it in print prior to adoption? We will try to get you a print copy! Once you have completed your review, we will put it in the library collection.
You can check our library catalogue and search for the keywords open textbook. We might already have the print copy you are after! Try it below!