Open Educational Resources

Open Educational Resources (OER), as defined by UNESCO, 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.

The goal of the OER Program at Southwest is to increase equity in access to quality, low cost, and inclusive educational materials, through innovative programs and initiatives. We will focus on providing open education resources in order to increase success rates and improve educational outcomes for traditionally underserved students, such as but not limited to students of color, first-generation college students, and economically disadvantaged students.

EBSCO Faculty Select

Through EBSCO Faculty Select’s single interface, faculty can search and access quality open textbooks, Open Educational Resources (OER), and request access to unrestricted library e-books from top academic publishers.

Electronic Resources

The library has over 200 databases, 400,000 electronic books, 75,000 electronic journals, and over a million digital media items, including streaming music, audio, video, and image files available as OER.

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Search for Open Educational Resources

OER Commons fully indexes instructional content from around the world. From a single point of access, you can search, browse, and evaluate resources in a digital library of over 50,000 high-quality open educational resources. OER Commons also provides training and allows you to create and submit material for approval by the organization’s librarians.

Lumen provides tools and services to support effective teaching and learning practices. Lumen’s affordable course materials are designed to strengthen learning using open educational resources. Lumen Circles Professional Development Programs offer professional development experiences that use virtual communities of practice to connect faculty members with peers and help them hone their expertise as student-centered teachers.

MERLOT lists more than 3,000 open textbooks, some of which have accessibility information for students with disabilities. The California State University System’s MERLOT collection is peer-reviewed and rated.

OpenStax CNX serves millions of users per month in the delivery of educational content to improve learning outcomes. It has tens of thousands of learning objects, called pages, that are organized into thousands of textbook-style books in a host of disciplines, all easily accessible online and downloadable to almost any device, anywhere, anytime.

Understanding Licenses for Open Educational Resources

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