Open Education

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"Open educational resources (OER) are teaching, learning and research materials in any medium, digital or otherwise, that reside in the public domain or have been released under an open license that permits no-cost access, use, adaptation and redistribution by others with no or limited restrictions.” UNESCO

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Resources & Support 

Abbey Elder, Open Access & Scholarly Communication Librarian, can provide OER consultations for faculty. Other resources include Library Guides, workshops, and publishing services offered by the ISU Digital Press. To learn more about library support for OER, visit our Open Education Services page. 

Teaching with OER

Whether you are a new professional or a tenured professor, teaching with OER can be a new experience. The University Library offers support for faculty interested in open pedagogy and other innovative techniques for integrating OER into your course. To learn more about this topic, visit our Teaching with OER page. 

Open Education at ISU

The Iowa State University Library, in partnership with the Open & Affordable Education Committee and the Senior Vice President & Provost, supports the development of OER on campus in many ways. To learn about how the Library works with these initiatives, visit our Open Education Initiatives page.