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Note to Faculty
Open Educational Resources (OER) are freely accessible online teaching and learning materials. They can be videos, textbooks, quizzes, learning modules and more. Using OER in your classroom will improve student engagement and success, provide immediate, equitable access to resources, save money for your students, and provide you a venue to use flexible, high-quality learning materials in your individualized curriculum. This guide collects the best-of-the-best OER and organizes them by college and department. Take a look and see what is available in your discipline.
- Open Textbook is a term used to indicate a Textbook that is fully OER.
- Public Resources are materials that are free, but licenses still protect the content in some way.
- Library Resources do not cost your students any money, and should also be considered as a means to lower the total cost of learning for your students.
- Low-cost resources: course materials that cost students $25 or less, in total.
Tips for finding and using OER and other affordable content:
- There are lots of OER materials out there. It takes time and persistence to find the ones that best fit your students' academic and research needs.
- Instead of focusing on the textbook that you want to replace, focus on what you want your students to know or do.
- Use the resources in this guide to find OER relevant to your discipline and courses. These links are great starting points but if you are not finding the OER that work for you, contact your subject librarian for personalized help.
- If you find an article in a library database that you want to use in a course, Library staff can help you with copyright considerations and provide access to the resource through reserves, embed in an online course, or on a website.
- Talk with your subject librarian with any questions you have about finding and using OER.
Links to more detailed information about OER and copyright:
Advances in Social Work
Advances in Social Work is committed to enhancing the linkage among social work practice, research, and education. Accordingly, the journal addresses current issues, challenges, and responses facing social work practice and education.
Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Mental Health
The official journal of the International Association for Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Allied professions, is an open access, online journal that provides an international platform for rapid and comprehensive scientific communication on child and adolescent mental health across different cultural backgrounds.
The Future of Children
The Future of Children is published by Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs and the Brookings Institution. It covers child health, education and welfare public policy issues.
Louder Than Words (LTW)
LTW is the official Texas State University School of Social Work Student Journal that illuminates peer-reviewed academic written and creative works. LTW will become an annual forum that incorporates students’ diverse social work-related pieces. We are excited for our Inaugural Issue which will be published in Fall 2021! We encourage you to apply to either become a (1) Student Peer Reviewer or submit a (2) an Inaugural Cover Design or (3) Written Work/Creative Piece.
Open Textbook Library
A collection of peer-reviewed, open textbooks available online or for download.
The National Academies Press
The National Academies Press (NAP) was created by the National Academy of Sciences to publish the reports of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine, operating under a charter granted by the Congress of the United States. The NAP publishes more than 200 books a year on a wide range of topics in science, engineering, and medicine, providing authoritative information on important matters in science and health policy.
OAPEN builds a quality controlled collection of Open Access books, mainly in the area of Humanities and Social Sciences.
TED is a nonprofit devoted to spreading ideas, usually in the form of short, powerful talks (18 minutes or less).
C-SPAN Video Library
One of the most comprehensive video archives of governmental and political content. Freely available to the public.