Open educational resources (OER) are a type of academic material that includes textbooks and course materials. These resources are openly licensed, so they are freely available to you and your students today and every day. Access fees, time restrictions, extra fees for homework systems and digital formats, can all serve as barriers to student success. Open educational resources reduce those barriers and provide equitable student access without financial barriers.
OER and the Bookstore: Already planning to change your summer or fall courses to OER or other open access materials? It is important that you report this to the MSU Bookstore. The Bookstore highly supports faculty moving to OER or other more affordable options! They still need to know what materials you are adopting. Whatever you choose, they help students access them, digitally and physically. They are also anticipating faculty needing to change summer and/or fall book orders. If you make a change, just let them know. They will work with you to get that information out to students.
Digital AND Print: Yes, OER are free digital resources. However, their unique copyright allows the printing of these resources. In fact, some can even be purchased commercially, like through Amazon. The MSU Bookstore offers a fast print-on-demand service for faculty and students using OER texts. That’s right, you can get a print copy of your textbook for a very low cost. OER textbooks, color-printed and bound, typically range from $15 to $30 to print. This is an affordable and accessible option for faculty and students’ different learning needs.
Can I post or upload PDF's directly to my D2L course?
Is it acceptable to scan book chapters or articles and upload them to my D2L course?
Can I make a copy of a DVD I own available to stream via my D2L course?
Who should I contact about licensing or access questions?
View a community-sourced list of video and other licensed content that library vendors are making available on free or modified terms to help schools transition to teaching online. This is a list ONLY for subscription or licensed content that is now being made available for free or on significantly reduced/discounted terms.
The following resources may be of particular interest to the MSU community:
Streaming Video Services: