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Getting Started with OER for Faculty

What is OER, how to implement and find OER for your courses.

Factors to Consider

  • Is the eBook available in multiple formats?
  • Does the eBook have content that requires active Internet access? 
  • Can the student get a print version if desired? Is the cost reasonable? The length of the text may be a factor for cost.
  • Can the student highlight and take notes in an available format? 
  • Can the textbook be adapted?
  • If it's a library eBook, does it have unlimited use? Can it be downloaded? Does the library own it or get it through a subscription? It it's a subscription our access might go away, check with the library. 

Featured Books & eBooks

""Try these books and eBooks to get started. Must access on campus or login with your COM account for off campus access. for eBooks.

Want more on finding books? Try Books & eBooks.

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This license lets others distribute, remix, adapt, and build upon your work, even commercially, as long as they credit you for the original creation. This is the most accommodating of licenses offered. Recommended for maximum dissemination and use of licensed materials. View License Deed

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This license lets others remix, adapt, and build upon your work even for commercial purposes, as long as they credit you and license their new creations under the identical terms. This license is often compared to “copyleft” free and open source software licenses. All new works based on yours will carry the same license, so any derivatives will also allow commercial use. This is the license used by Wikipedia, and is recommended for materials that would benefit from incorporating content from Wikipedia and similarly licensed projects. View License Deed

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CC BY-ND

This license lets others reuse the work for any purpose, including commercially; however, it cannot be shared with others in adapted form, and credit must be provided to you. View License Deed

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This license lets others remix, adapt, and build upon your work non-commercially, and although their new works must also acknowledge you and be non-commercial, they don’t have to license their derivative works on the same terms. View License Deed

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This license is the most restrictive of our six main licenses, only allowing others to download your works and share them with others as long as they credit you, but they can’t change them in any way or use them commercially. View License Deed