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Open Educational Resources

Open Educational Resources (OER) are free and openly licensed educational materials that can be used for teaching, learning, research, and more. This Guide provides information on using OERs in your courses, tools to locate OERs by type and topic.

OER in Scholarly Commons

Embry-Riddle's institutional repository - Scholarly Commons - houses the academic and creative works of our faculty, staff, and students.  It also hosts open educational resources that are adopted or created by our faculty.  Currently, there are three sections of Scholarly Commons that support the Open & Affordable Textbook Initiative:

  • Coursepacks: Custom resource lists created by Hunt Library for specific classes.  They pull together OER, free resources, and library resources into one place to be accessed by students or linked through Canvas.  At the end of a course, coursepacks are archived to provide students access after the end of term. 
  • Open Textbooks: This collection houses open textbooks created or adopted by ERAU faculty.  For faculty who have authored open textbooks, we can publish and host books, and provide statistics on use.  For faculty adopting open textbooks, such as OpenStax, we can provide download counts and a permanent link to the resource maintained by Hunt Library.  
  • Open Educational Resources: This collection hosts distinct learning objects created by our faculty, such as videos and assignments, to be used by our students and educators worldwide.

To start searching OER from ERAU faculty, see the Open Educational Resources section of Scholarly Commons.