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Open Educational Resources: Welcome


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These subject guides will help reduce time spent looking for subject specific OER materials.  
For a list of inclusive OER collection, look on our Finding OER page.

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Jenifer Holman
Electronic Resources Librarian,
Van Wylen Library
Hope College

Unlocking Learning: The Open Education Resources Movement

"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.”   -William Hewlett Foundation

Faculty across the world are joining the OER movement to save students money, take control over course materials, and improve learning.

Instructor Ebook Request Form

What is a Library E-book?
Library e-books can be read for free online using only a browser and 1Hope authentication. Library e-books can help ensure that all students have access to reading materials.

How do I request a Library e-book for my course?
Simply fill out the online form below. You may use the form more than once to request other titles.

When will I know if the requested book will be purchased?
Only some publishers* offer library e-book versions of books and availability can vary by title. We’ll let you know soon after you submit a request if the title is not available as a library e-book. We will email you to let you know if an order has been placed for your e-book title. When the e-book becomes available, we will send you a 2nd email with a link to the e-book.

*These publishers never offer library e-books: Pearson, Cengage, McGraw-Hill, Longman.

What is expected of requesting instructors?
If your title is purchased as a library e-book, you will be expected to:

Notify your students about the e-book on your syllabus, via email, and via a link from your course in Moodle(if you use Moodle).
If you have questions, contact your liaison librarian.

Fields with an asterisk (*) are required.

The Broken Textbook Market

Open Education: The Moral, Business, & Policy Case for OER

Dr. Cable Green is the Director of Open Education at Creative Commons. Don't let the initial focus on community colleges deter you, this is very relevant for universities too. This video is from his 2017 keynote presentation at Lansing Community College.

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Faculty Authors

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Who is best suited to control textbooks: the faculty or the publishers? There are ways to make sure it is the faculty. 

Open Textbook Publishing 

 "To avoid being repositioned as technicians working on the clock for global publishing companies, faculty members may want to give more thought to their potential as authors and publishers."  - Joe Moxley, editor of Writing Commons, an open, collaborative composition textbook

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