Open Educational Resources (OER) are no-cost or low-cost online learning materials which can be reused, revised, remixed, redistributed, and retained. These are the 5 Rs of OER.
Since 2014, the Leeward Community College Library has partnered with the Educational Media Center to identify OER for faculty review and deliver training to support faculty transitioning to no-cost or affordable textbooks and other learning materials.
Learn more about Leeward's OER initiative at the OER @ Leeward website. You will find information on Leeward's faculty leaders, professional development opportunities, incentive programs, Textbook Cost: $0 classes, and the benefits of making the transition to OER.
Use this guide to discover representative examples of OER. Use the tabs above to navigate through this guide. If you don't find a resource that meets your needs, don't give up. Contact a librarian to discuss your specific requirements and we'll help you find more that's out there.
While this guide is designed to support faculty needs, the information and resources described within are there to benefit you by making a college education more affordable. Contact your Leeward Student Government if you are interested in getting involved in advocating for no-cost and affordable textbooks in the classroom. See the Textbook Cost: $0 Class List page for classes that do not require the purchase of course materials.
Ask yourself these questions as you begin to explore Open Educational Resources (OER)
If you answered yes to the above questions, you are ready to begin.
To learn more about Open Education, see these OER books:
The Educational Media Center and Library provide Leeward faculty with OER training during the Spring semester and at the annual Pacific Region Learning Summit (PRLS) each May. To learn more, click here.
Self-paced, online courses on OER are available from a number of institutions and organizations. These are open courses available to anyone.