Open Education: Resources and Services


As the library aims to develop student mastery of information, data, and digital fluencies, and critical thinking skills, we promote the creation and practices surrounding open education that increase accessibility to higher education.

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There is a national growing movement surrounding open educational resources and open pedagogical practices that decrease overall student expenses by adopting course materials that are free or low cost. Furthermore, we can enhance student learning by inviting them to participate as knowledge creators for the greater good, surrounding key issues within standard coursework.

The River Campus Libraries offer a series of resources and services where instructors and students can learn more about the movement, engage in the available materials, and take action by rethinking standard ways to deliver and participate in their coursework.


What does it mean to be Open?

Open can mean many things—open access, open source, open educational resources (OER), and open pedagogy are all distinct forms of open content. The libraries’ Open Scholarship Libguide, Sustainable Scholarship webpage, and these introductory presentations on OER,  Open Pedagogy, and Open Access Publishing will help you begin exploring.

The 5 Rs and Creative Commons licenses are key to understanding OER, and with a deeper dive, these following resources can help place context to finding, evaluating, modifying, and engaging with OER:

Videos from the Open Education series on RCL's youtube channel

Understanding Open Educational Resources


Finding and Evaluating Open Educational Resources


Understanding Creative Commons (CC) Licenses


How and Why We Created Open Pedagogy Approaches

Open Pedagogy Approaches Book Discussion


Wikipedia as a Prime Open Educational Resource


Orienting to OER and Open Pedagogy


Learn how others are going Open

Interested in seeing models of how OER and Open Pedagogy work in a college classroom?

There are numerous repositories that are interdisciplinary in nature. For example:

Others come with a strict disciplinary focus:

Browse through some of these repositories to see what OER exist, where there are gaps, and what could benefit from professional review and use case modification and assessment.


Getting Started

Unsure if your coursework will benefit from going open? Stacy Katz and Jennifer VanAllen of CUNY’s Lehman College wrote this chapter – Evolving into the Open: A Framework for Collaborative Design of Renewable Assignments - that walks readers through the steps of moving from a disposable to renewable framework.

Be sure to talk with your Subject Librarian who can ask prompting questions, brainstorm ideas, and offer vital lessons to support your transition.

Conversations are forming around chapters of Open Pedagogy Approaches where fellow colleagues across campus engage in ideas of moving toward OER and open pedagogical practices. Let us know that you’d like to be involved!

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