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Open Educational Resources (OER)

This guide provides information about Open Educational Resources, or OER, including how to find and evaluate them.


Open educational resources (OER) are free teaching materials that are licensed to allow for revision and reuse. They can be fully self-contained textbooks, videos, quizzes, learning modules, courseware, and more. The use of OER can improve student engagement and success; provide immediate, equitable, and perpetual access to resources; save money for students; and empower educators to maximize flexible, high-quality learning materials in individualized curricula. The Iowa State University Library supports educators in identifying, using, customizing, creating, and publishing OER.

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Iowa State University

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