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How do I OER? Self-paced OER workshop developed by Washington State. Search registration info to earn a badge!

Texas A&M OER Toolkit Yet another toolkit from the Mary and Jeff Bell Library at Texas A&M. 

Open Oregon Educational Resources
Open Oregon Educational Resources promotes textbook affordability for community college and university students, and facilitates widespread adoption of open, low-cost, high-quality materials. Link to their FAQ site to learn more about OER.

OER Mythbusting
Published by the Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition, OER Mythbusting addresses the top seven myths about OER in North American higher education.

OER Research ToolKit
Resources developed by the Open Education Group (OEG) based at Brigham Young University.


Accessibility Awareness

Open Textbook Accessibility
The goal of the Accessibility Toolkit is to provide the resources needed so that each content creator, instructional designer, educational technologist, librarian, administrator, teaching assistant, etc. has the opportunity to create a truly open and accessible textbook. 

Legal Issues in Libraries and Archives

Legal Issues in Libraries and Archives An open textbook that addresses legal issues relevant to librarians such as copyright, contracts and licensing and intellectual property. 
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Creative Commons

Creative Commons FAQs

Chart of Creative Commons Licenses
Creative Commons Licenses

Textbook Conversion Timeline

It takes a great deal of time for faculty to redesign their courses using library and open materials, mostly because they've relied on the supplemental and anxillary materials, such as test banks, that  publishers have traditionally provided. Below is one process to establish a succesful faculty - librarian partnership. 
  • Schedule a time to meet online or in person.
  • Email the faculty to inquire on where they are in the process and what their current resource needs are.
  • Create a shared document, such as this template docx and begin to populate with as many resources as you can find before your meeting.
  • Introduce the template and reasons for resource list: replaces textbook on syllabus, easy to double-check links in future, students may wish to assess it early. 
  • Share the document with the faculty member immediately after meeting. 
  • Continue to add to document as you come across new resources.

Consultation Template

Search library and open resources for high-quality, credible materials.  Sample Resource Lists:
  •  Intro to Anthrology docx We got lucky and even found openly available syllabi for textbooks which were really helpful, especially for a new instructor. 
  •  American Literature pdf We worked directly from the text to locate online pieces from American Literature.
Below is what an instructor's guide might look like, broken down by units and lessons. 

Finding Resources

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Minnesota collections

Opendora, developed by PALS, is a digital archive for open educational resources that serves as a central repository for Minnesota State faculty and librarians to leverage licensed open educational resources (OER) with the ability to access, load, and share material. Opendora allows the storage of or linking to, course content, including textbooks, lecture notes, syllabi, reading lists and videos.   

ebooks Minnesota
Ebooks Minnesota is an online ebook collection for all Minnesotans. The collection features content from our state's independent publishers, including some of our best literature and nonfiction. 

Minnesota OER Commons 
Tools and resources for educators and subject matter experts in Minnesota to collaboratively evaluate, share, and develop Open Educational Resources for public education.  
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Free Images

Other awesome open resources...

Ted Talks! These are especially popular with faculty. Search their directory or specifically, TED MED, TED ED, etc. Easy to embed and closed captioned. 

Podcasts! Freakonomics, The Moth, Hidden Brain...the list is endless! 

Search older works

Project Gutenberg 
Project Gutenberg is a library of over 60,000 free eBooks. Choose among free epub and Kindle eBooks, download them or read them online. You will find the world's great literature here, with focus on older works for which U.S. copyright has expired

Hathi Trust Digital Library 
HathiTrust, a partnership of academic & research institutions, offers a collection of millions of titles digitized from libraries around the world.
eBook Searcher Unrestricted Resource
A search engine app designed specifically for locating over 8 million free ebooks. Download for free on iOS and Android.

System Initiatives

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National Members

  • Open Education Network (OEN) Housed at the University of Minnesota, this national alliance of higher education institutions, systems and consortia work together to advance open education. 
  • DOERS3 (Driving OER Sustainability for Student Success) is a collaborative group of 25 public higher education systems committed to supporting and promoting free open education resources. 
  • Midwestern Higher Education Compact (MHEC) MHEC strengthens postsecondary education in member states through cost-savings initiatives and policy solutions informed by research and the expertise of regional leaders.

System Office Projects and Support

Glossary of Terms
Minnesota State's agreed upon definitions pertaining to OER and open education

Z-degree Project
A Z-degree is an associate's or bachelor's degree that has zero-cost course resources for students. Minnesota State has a number of these currently being offered and more in development.

Course Markings Project
This allows students to limit their course searches during registration to "no cost for textbooks" as part of their criteria.

PressbooksEDU subscription 2021 deadline has passed for 30 subscribers

OTP - Teacher Education:
A project that is supported by a federal grant, this program will create open textbooks and OERs for core teacher education courses to attract and retain a broader representation of teacher candidates.

Librarian Workdays:
Now in it's 5th year, the Librarian Workdays provide professional development opportunities for library personnel.

OER Community Teams Site Great place to dive into all the system office has to offer. 

Opendora Minnesota State repository of open education resources. 

Textbook Affordability Workgroup:
This group represents bargaining units and other interested members of Minnesota State in discussions around textbook affordability topics.