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Let's Be Changemakers: Open Educational Resources (OER)

An online resource guide addressing social innovation and changemaking education resources

How to Search for OER

How to Search for Open Educational Resources Infographic

What is changemaking education?


Open Educational Resources (OER) are "teaching, learning, and research resources that reside in the public domain or have been released under an intellectual property license that permits their free use and re-purposing by others."  

From The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation

OER materials are released under an open license granting permission for every one to:
  • Retain -- users have the right to make, archive, and own copies of the content
  • Reuse -- content can be reused in its unaltered form
  • Revise -- content can be adapted, adjusted, modified, and altered
  • Remix -- original or revised content can be combined with other content to create something new
  • Redistribute -- copies of the content can be shared with others in its original, revised or remixed form.

More information on the specific licensing types and conditions creators apply to their work can can be found on the Creative Commons Licenses and Examples page.

Creative Commons Licenses for Sharing Your Work
OER include digital learning materials such as:
  • open textbooks
  • full courses
  • modules
  • syllabi
  • lectures
  • homework assignments
  • quizzes
  • lab activities
  • games
  • simulations

Understanding & Using OERs

Open Educational Resources at MDC LibGuide

Curated Lists of OER Materials

Curated Resources on LibGuides

Sample OER Course: LIS2004

LIS2004: Research Strategies for College Students | Prof. Richardson

LIS2004 Research Strategies for College Students: Prof. Richardson

Sample OER Course: LIS2004

LIS2004: Research Strategies for College Students | Prof. Dillon

LIS2004 OER LibGuide

Why Do OERs Matter?

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, Consumer Price Index (CPI) Database, the price of college textbooks has steadily increased over the last few years. This graph illustrates the rise in textbook cost from October 2008 to October 2018:

Cost of College Textbooks in U.S. Cities (Average)

OER Textbooks, Courses, & Materials



Supplemental Materials

Supplemental, or ancillary, OER materials can include lecture notes, lesson plans, PowerPoint presentations, assignments, and activities.

Other OER Lists

Many universities have research guides related to finding OER and provide lists of various repositories and resources.

Who will find this guide useful?

"A changemaker educator understands the importance of empathy, 
self-identifies as a changemaker, and is committed to working towards 
the betterment of society through education"

Opening the curriculum infographic by Pearson

OER Workshops

OER Workshop: Feb. 1, EPC, 1:30 pm, rm 1215; Feb. 8, North, 1:30 pm, rm 2260-6; Feb. 12, Homestead, 1:30 pm. rm F205

OER Metafinder

OER Repositories

There are a multitude of OER out there to choose from, including textbooks, courses, multimedia, data, and supplementary materials. These can be found by searching regular search engines (like Google) by using certain keywords but it is much easier to find them through dedicated OER repositories or websites. The examples below are just a sampling of such repositories and websites.

Where to Build and Remix OER

5 Rs of OER: Reuse, Revise, Remix, Redistribute, Retain

David Wiley's 5 Rs of Openness, 
see The Access Compromise and the 5th R for more information.

OER Courses