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Open Educational Resources (OER)

An informative guide on what OER are and what services we offer to support your adoption of OER.

How We Support Faculty

Kemp Library, Instructional Support, CETL, and the University Bookstore have come together to support ESU faculty in OER adoption and implementation. We will:

  • have a discussion to discuss the needs of your course and what materials you're looking for
  • provide you with a targeted list of OER materials that may work for your course based on our conversation
  • help you evaluate materials and provide you with additional materials if the previous round was insufficient
  • assist you in incorporating the materials into your course: aka D2L integration
  • assist you in assessment (if desired)
  • answer questions and assist you as needed along the way

We are here to support you throughout your use of OER.

You don't have to find materials by yourself - faculty librarians Allyson Wind and Megan Smith are here to help you. Please reach out to them so they can help you begin finding materials! The University Bookstore is here for you too and also has OER materials - contact Joe Akob with any questions. 

Not sure how to implement the text book? Instructional Support is here for you too! Contact Instructional Support for help with integration and use with D2L.

Email the OER team at

How do I use OER in my classroom?

Learn how to use OER in your classroom. These courses and texts provide instruction and guidance on incorporating OER course materials.

SUNY OER Community Courses
The SUNY OER Community Courses will introduce you to the fundamental principles and effective practices related to Open Educational Resources. Throughout this learning space, you will have the opportunity to explore and discuss methods and approaches to finding, adopting, customizing, integrating, creating, publishing, and licensing OER.

Adopting Open Educational Resources in the Classroom
This course by Lumen Learning provides faculty with an introduction to the laws that influence the use, re-use, and distribution of content they may want to use in a course. Activities include finding openly licensed content for use in a class and publishing openly licensed works created by faculty.

How to Use Open Educational Resources
This workshop from Open Washington walks you through techniques to incorporate OER into your teaching practice. The course will cover the fundamental aspects of OER including open licensing and public domain. It focuses on providing practical guidance in locating and applying openly available resources.

Introduction to Open Educational Resources
This text by Judy Baker and available from OpenStax contains sections describing OER, including its advantages and disadvantages, fair use and intellectual property concerns, strategies for identifying sources of OER, both general and discipline-specific, and tools for development of your own OER.

BC Open Textbook Adoption Guide
This guide was created by the B.C. Open Textbook Project in association with faculty and staff who attended their Adopting Open Textbooks Workshop in 2015. It serves as an evolving resource for the process of finding, evaluating, and adopting OER textbooks for classroom use.

The OER Starter Kit
This starter kit has been created to provide instructors with an introduction to the use and creation of OER. The text is broken into five sections: Getting Started, Copyright, Finding OER, Teaching with OER, and Creating OER. Although some chapters contain more advanced content, the starter kit is primarily intended for users who are entirely new to open education.

OER: Get Started Today