Welcome to the UA Cossatot Faculty Guide for OER!
This libguide organizes open resources by discipline to make it easier for faculty to find material. Even if faculty is using a traditional textbook, there may be resources to use as a supplement with current curriculum. While it is impossible to include every open resource available and review each resource listed, I hope that my efforts to organize open resources will make your life a little easier. It is up to each instructor to determine whether an open resource meets the needs of a particular course and aligns with its objectives and outcomes. Please check the licensing information as well. It is not unusual for material to be changed or even removed, so it is possible links may break. I plan to continue my research and add open resources as they become available. If you don’t see your course listed, please be patient and check back often. Eventually, there will be open resources available for all courses.
Relinda Ruth, Director of Educational Resources & OER Specialist at UA Cossatot
OER Mission Statement: The goal of UA Cossatot’s Open Educational Resources (OER) initiative is to reduce the expense of educational resources for students, while maintaining high academic quality within coursework and to increase faculty participation in a learning environment that encourages innovative global sharing of knowledge.
"Open educational resources (OER) are any resources available at little or no cost that can be used for teaching, learning, or research. The term can include textbooks, course readings, and other learning content; simulations, games, and other learning applications; syllabi, quizzes, and assessment tools; and virtually any other material that can be used for educational purposes. OER typically refers to electronic resources, including those in multimedia formats, and such materials are generally released under a Creative Commons or similar license that supports open or nearly open use of the content. OER can originate from colleges and universities, libraries, archival organizations, government agencies, commercial organizations such as publishers, or faculty or other individuals who develop educational resources they are willing to share."