Open educational resources (OER) are free, openly licensed educational resources, including textbooks, videos, tutorials, and more. Users of OER can engage with the content with minimal restrictions based on Creative Commons licensing:
“OERs 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.” UNESCO (2019)
This guide provides an overview of how to search for, find, and evaluate OER; copyright considerations; and specific examples of Open Textbooks for MSVU teaching subjects.
AtlanticOER is the regional OER initiative for Atlantic Canadian post-secondary institutions. AtlanticOER offers access to the Pressbooks online book publishing software, grant funding to support the creation and adaption of OER, and support for creating OER. For more information on creating a Pressbooks account to create and/or adapt a textbook, please contact Nicole Slipp, the Scholarly Publishing Librarian, at Nicole.Slipp@msvu.ca.
There are many OER repositories to search from; a curated list of the most prominent databases is below.