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Open Educational Resources (OER): A Guide for HVCC Faculty: Introduction

Getting Started with Open Educational Resources

What are open educational resources (OER)?

  • Learning materials available to students without cost or with greatly reduced cost
  • Learning materials that can be readily used, adapted, or revised by others as permitted by the original author
  • Learning materials that replace or reduce the need to purchase high-priced, commercially published textbooks


Video: Why Open Education Matters

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Recommended Reading about OER

Colvard, Nicholas B. ..., et al.  "The Impact of Open Educational Resources on Various Student Success Metrics."  International Journal of Teaching & Learning in Higher Education, vol. 30, no. 2, Apr. 2018, pp. 262-276.  HVCC access

DeRosa, Robin. "OER: Bigger Than Affordability." November 2017, accessed January 18, 2019.

Student PIRGs, “Covering the Cost”,, February 3, 2016, accessed February 19, 2016.

Azevedo, Alisha. "Pay Nothing? Easier Said Than Done." Chronicle Of Higher Education 59.21 (2013): A18-A19. Education Source. Web. 16 Feb. 2016. HVCC access

American Council on Education, “Open Textbooks: The Current State of Play.” April 2015.  Accessed February 19, 2016.

Hilton, J. "Open Educational Resources and College Textbook Choices: A Review of Research on Efficacy and Perceptions." Educational Technology, Research and Development,  19 Feb. 2016, Accessed January 18, 2019.

Clobridge, Abby. "The Open Road. Libraries, Meet Open Textbooks." Online Searcher 39.3 (2015): 68-70. Education Source. Web. 16 Feb. 2016. HVCC button

Hegarty, Bronwyn. Attributes of Open Pedagogy: A Model for Using Open Educational Resources, July-August 2015, accessed January 18, 2019.

"Why textbooks cost so much; Higher education." The Economist 16 Aug. 2014: 24(US). HVCC access

Hilton, John, and Carol Laman. "One College’s Use Of An Open Psychology Textbook." Open Learning 27.3 (2012): 265-272.  HVCC access

Seaman, Julia E., and Jeff Seaman.  "Freeing the Textbook: Educational Resources in U.S. Higher Education, 2018." accessed April 3, 2019.

Elder, A.K. (2019). The OER Starter Kit. Ames, IA: Iowa State University Digital Press. Retrieved from 


This guide was originally created by Reference and Instructional Resources Coordinator / Faculty Librarian Stephanie Ross and subsequently assumed by Associate Professor / Faculty Librarian Valerie Lang Waldin and Faculty Librarian Sarah Romeo.