Open Educational Resources (OER)

Open Educational Resources (OER) are “teaching, learning and research materials in any medium – digital or otherwise – that reside in the public domain or have been released under an open license that permits no-cost access, use, adaptation and redistribution by others with no or limited restrictions” (UNESCO).

OER are one way to address textbook unaffordability by providing high quality, free alternatives. They also allow instructors to reuse, remix, and create course material that is directly tailored to their teaching.

Find OER and no-cost course materials

Visit our Textbook Affordability & Open Educational Resources (OER) subject guide to find sources for OER and resources for teaching with OER.

Tisch Library provides many resources that can be incorporated into your course, including linking to from Canvas. These materials are frequently not openly-licensed, but are free to students.

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Support from Tisch

Tisch staff can assist as you:

  • Select and evaluate existing OER resources
  • Incorporate OER and open pedagogy into your teaching
  • Modify existing OER or create your own
  • Answer copyright questions about using material

We also offer awards to provide financial support for faculty & instructors in the Schools of Arts, Sciences & Engineering who are interested in adopting or creating OER for their classes. Find out more about the Tisch OER Awards.