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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, and tools to locate OERs by type and topic.

Open & Affordable Textbook Initiative

At Embry-Riddle, we take a holistic approach to textbook affordability, through our Open & Affordable Textbook Initiative.  OER is one of several tools we use to ensure our students have access to high-quality, effective materials for free or reduced cost. If open is not an option for you (or not an option yet), a library owned resource or other freely available resource may be possible instead. 

Hunt Library will work with you to find resources, create coursepacks in Scholarly Commons that blend open and library resources, or consider purchases of electronic textbooks for your class.  OER created by ERAU faculty can also be hosted or published in our institutional repository, Scholarly Commons.

A spectrum of open and affordable textbook options

Accessible View:

A Broader View for Student Success

  1. OER: Fully open, freely available, and allows for the 5 Rs
  2. Open Access: Free, may be CC licensed, may have more restrictions
  3. Freely Available: Free materials that are fully copyright protected
  4. Library Database: Articles, media and ebooks available through Hunt Library
  5. Library Reserves: Print and limited electronic copies available at Hunt Library

The library is here to help you find, create, and host open and affordable options.

A broader view for student success

  1. OER

    Fully open, freely available, and allows for the 5Rs.
  2. Open Access

    Free, maybe CC licensed, may have more restrictions.
  3. Freely Available

    Free materials that are fully copyright protected.
  4. Library Database

    Articles, media and ebooks available through Hunt Library
  5. Library Reserves

    Print and limited electronic copies available at Hunt Library.

What Our Students Have To Say

ERAU OER Mission Statement

The mission of ERAU's Daytona Beach campus OER initiative is to provide high-quality, low- or no-cost educational resources to students, and to assist faculty members in adopting, adapting, and creating their own OER materials and courses.

Charter: The Open Educational Resources committee, composed of Task Force on Innovation members as well as representatives of the Faculty, CTLE, Hunt Library, Student Affairs, and the Bookstore, will explore issues and processes related to the identification and adoption of OERs on the Daytona Beach Campus.  This will include identifying industry standards, raising awareness of OERs as a substitute for costly textbooks, recommending processes, and addressing related issues as they arise.

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