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What Are Open Educational Resources (OER)?

Open Educational Resources 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 repurposing by others. OER include full courses, course materials, modules, textbooks, streaming videos, tests, software, and any other tools, materials, or techniques used to support access to knowledge.”
William and Flora Hewlett Foundation

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OER Creation and Maintenance at Ivy Tech

We have an existing catalog of OER titles that have been created and vetted by Ivy Tech faculty and staff. The OER initiative at Ivy Tech has grown over the past few years due to the work of the OER Cross-Discipline team and the assistance of Lumen Learning. The OER Cross-Discipline Team is made up of program chairs, department chairs and deans from across the College. It was formed in 2016 to prioritize courses for the transition to OER, and to oversee quality in the course development process. Ivy Tech partners with leading OER provider Lumen Learning to support content curation, creation, and delivery of OER content.

OER Cross-Discipline team members

What are people saying about OER?

“In COMM 101 we have been using the OER PublicSpeakingProject.org for the past 3 years.  My students are thrilled they do not have to buy another book and my faculty appreciate the way we can “customize” how we teach the chapters in the course.  We also use it in Dual Credit courses that we have developed for schools that do not have credentialed faculty and they appreciate the no cost option as well.”

- Jennifer Woodburn

Still have questions about OER?

Students FAQ

Faculty FAQ


For additional support using and locating OER on your campus, contact your local library staff.