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Open Education Resources: Find, Evaluate and Adopt OER

Find OER for your course

Mega-sites offer textbooks and other OER materials.

Learning objects are resources designed to enrich education (e.g. assignments, audiovisual material).

Search multiple sources quickly

 The Openly Available Sources Integrated Search (OASIS) searches across 52 sources of open educational resources. Learn more here.

The Mason OER Metafinder (MOM) searches across 18 sources of open educational resources. Learn more here.

Search via Mason OER Metafinder (MOM):

 The Directory of Open Access Books (DOAB) searches peer-reviewed books and chapters from 283 publishers. Learn more here.

Search the Directory of Open Access Books (DOAB) Search open books from academic publishers

Finding OER - VCC Library Video

Need a textbook? Start with BCcampus

Evaluate and adopt OER

If you are using an open textbook:

If you are using any OER:

Steps to Using OER

  1. Set aside time: Searching for OER takes time & persistence, just like research.
  2. Look at your current text: Is your current textbook available through the library databases?
  3. Locate an OER text: Check to see if a whole OER textbook already exists for your course.
  4. Browse open repositories: Browse several repositories to see what content is available
  5. Supplement: Look at your learning objectives and find different materials for different topics.
  6. Ask for help: Call a librarian to get help. You can do this at anytime!

"Six Steps to OER" by Northwestern Michigan College (NMC) Librarians, is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International license / Modified text from original by Lesley University Library.

Hard-back OpenStax books come to Canada

Canadian textbook distributor, Vretta, is now taking orders for many of the OpenStax books hosted in the BC Open Textbook Collection. Their order page lists: a pricelist, refund policy, and bulk order discount for organizations and individuals who order 10 or more books.

Buyers may also purchase these books through Amazon.ca. Look for Vretta as the distributor.

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