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Open Educational Resources

Open Educational Resources are educational materials and resources offered freely and openly for anyone to use. In addition to this guide, we recommend you also check out a related OER site, Textbook Affordability at UMD.

Why OER is important

Online Communities for OER

Numerous blogs, discussion forums, and sharing platforms exist for those interested in using, creating, or advocating for Open Educational Resources.

OER Bibliography

Bliss, TJ, T. Jared Robinson, John Hilton, & David A. Wiley. (n.d.). An OER COUP: College Teacher and Student Perceptions of Open Educational Resources | Bliss | Journal of Interactive Media in Education. Retrieved November 7, 2013, from

Devaney, L. (2014). Easy steps to OER creation. eSchool News. Available:

Grodecka, K. & Śliwowski, K. (2014). Open educational resources mythbusting. Available:

Littlejohn, A., & Pegler, C. (2014). Reusing Open Resources: Learning in Open Networks for Work, Life and Education. Hoboken: Taylor and Francis.

Lumen Learning. (2014). About OER. Available:

Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development., & Centre for Educational Research and Innovation. (2007). Giving knowledge for free: The emergence of open educational resources. Paris, France: Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development.

Robinson, J., Fischer, L., Wiley, D., & Hilton, J. (2014). The Impact of Open Textbooks on Secondary Science Learning Outcomes.<> Educational Researcher, 43(7).

Straumsheim, C. (2014). Open, but undiscovered. Inside Higher Ed. Available:

Wiley, D. (Ed). (2014). An open education reader. Available:

Wiley, D., Green, C., & Soares, L. (2012). Dramatically Bringing down the Cost of Education with OER: How Open Education Resources Unlock the Door to Free Learning. Center for American Progress. Available: