Finding Open Educational Resources (OER) for the courses you teach can be as simple as conducting a single search -- or it can be a real adventure in sleuthing. You don't know until you get started.
This quick start guide is intended to help you get your feet wet by searching for OER textbooks. If you aren't readily finding what you need using this page, please continue on to the Search Strategy and Dig Deeper pages of this guide. If at any time you would like assistance finding OER, navigating Creative Commons (CC) licenses and copyright, or evaluating what you find, please contact either D'Arcy Hutchings or Lorelei Sterling (email addresses and phone numbers in the "Contact Me" boxes on this page).
Before proceeding, be sure you are familiar with the definition of OER and CC licenses on the Is it OER? page of this guide.
The following links are great places to get started:
You've found some great OER. Now what? Meet with an instructional designer for help determining the accessibility of the OER you locate, incorporating OER into your course, and/or editing or remixing OER to work for your course. For UAA faculty, we strongly recommend contacting Academic Innovations & eLearning for assistance. APU faculty should contact the Office of Academic Dean (907.564.8261).
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