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Open Educational Resources: OER Basics

What is OER?

OER stands for Open Educational Resources. They consist of teaching and learning materials available online and distributed free of charge.   OER includes textbooks, exercises, course readings, homework sets, quizzes, or any other materials that can be used by faculty and students for education.  In most cases, these materials have been vetted and reviewed by other educators for clarity and accuracy.

OER are issued under specific copyright licenses that allow you and your students to use them freely.  Some of these licenses require that the material be used in its original form while others allow for modification of the materials to suit your particular audience or students. 

OER Basics

Are you considering adopting, adapting or creating Open Educational Resources in your course to save students money? If your answer is yes, please look through this guide then contact a mentor. We can help you get started! 

The Library -- The Original OER


The Henrietta G.Lewis Library owns and subscribes to a wealth of information you may wish to incorporate into your courses. These materials are not open; they are available under a license that restricts access to members of the NCCC community. However, students can freely access these materials from on campus, and from off campus with their NCCC T-Wolves username and password.

OER Community Course Experience

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