open-edOpen Education Resources

Any resources available at little or no cost that can be used for teaching, learning or research … such materials are generally released under a Creative Commons or similar license that supports open or nearly open use of the content – Educause.



Schaffhauser, Dian. (2017, May 24). Community college leads OER efforts at CUNY. Retrieved from

The Borough of Manhattan Community College has taken the lead in showing the rest of the City University of New York (CUNY) system how to implement OER throughout its courses. To date, the community college has saved its students $450,000 by using OER in 175 sections of its courses.

Schaffhauser, D. (2014, August 27). Complete guide to Open Educational Resources. Campus Technology. Retrieved from

This concise guide to OER covers myths, tips and tricks, the pros and cons of using OER, and OER format and accessibility information. The “16 OER Site Every Educator Should Know” is a thorough, best of the best list for OER discovery.

Student PIRGs. (2016, February 3). Covering the cost (Rep.). Retrieved from Student PIRGs website:

Investigates the impact textbook prices have on students finances and academic performance. Attention is also given to the amount of financial aid community college students use to cover the cost of course materials such as textbooks. Offers recommendations for institutions, faculty, policymakers and students to push for affordability and the adoption of OER.

Allen, L., & Seaman, J. (2016, July). Opening the Textbook: Educational Resources in U.S. Higher Education, 2015-16 (Rep.). Retrieved from Babson Survey Research Group website:

Research study investigating knowledge of, opinions about, and usage of OER among teaching faculty in U.S. higher education from 2015-16. Survey results from over 3,000 faculty indicate OER awareness is on the rise; however, OER usage remains low due to the effort required to find and evaluate materials. The study also examines other factors of faculty OER awareness, the decision process for selecting OER, potential barriers, issues of discoverability and the likelihood of future use.