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The time of free or inexpensive and open educational resources has arrived for college students everywhere. This website provides links to free/inexpensive textbooks and educational resources for applicable degree majors at Southwestern.
Last Updated: Mar 23, 2017 URL: Print Guide

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What Are Open Educational Resources?

Open Education or Open Learning is a peer-to-peer way of doing things. It takes advantage of the Internet, particularly web 2.0 technologies, for sharing, finding, and adapting resources. 

Open Educational Resources (OER) are licensed with a GNU Public License (for software) or a Creative Commons License (for all other kinds of intellectual property) so that they are free or almost free to be used and adapted without paying or having to ask for permission.

  • OER save time and effort and diffuse innovations and best practices by allowing educators to use one anothers' work.
  • OER reduce the burden on academic libraries' acquisitions budgets, which have been under increasing strain from the cost of scholarly journals, whose price increases have far outstripped the general rate of inflation.
  • OER make higher education more affordable to students, who often have difficulty affording their required textbooks. 
  • OER make educational opportunities available to teachers and learners in impoverished areas and developing nations, and to learners whose life circumstances don't permit them to attend formal education.

OER include

  • entire courses
  • courseware
  • learning objects of all kinds
  • tools for creating learning objects
  • textbooks
  • open access articles and other scholarly works

Related ideas:

  • Open Education or Open Learning - synonyms for Open Educational Resources.
  • Open Content - texts, images, audio-video resources, and other kinds of intellectual property that are made available for users to copy, share, and remix under a Creative Commons license. Open Educational Resources are a kind of Open Content.
  • Open Source - software that is available for anyone to use or adapt without asking permission or paying under a GNU Public License. Moodle is an Open Source LMS.
  • Open Access - scholarly articles that are made available to readers for free. Gratis Open Access articles are free to read but not free to copy, share, or adapt. Libre Open Access articles are free to read, copy, share, and remix. Libre Open Access articles are a kind of Open Content.
  • Open Textbooks - full ebooks, chapters, and modules that are free to use, copy, share, and remix under a Creative Commons license. Open Educational Resources are a kind of Open Content.

Learn More About The Open Access Movement

  • Acting On "Open" (Why Should Universities Be Proactive In Utilizing "Open Educational Resources)
    SEC Academic Collaboration Award 2015 Workshop presentation that explains why the open access movement is so important to higher education today. Also view an earlier presentation on "Emerging Trends In Scholarly Communication ("
  • 10 Tips to Save on College Textbooks
    Textbook prices can be pretty outrageous, but there are many ways to reduce how much you spend. Following these tips could save you hundreds of dollars this year.
  • OASIS: Open Access to Scholarly Information Sourcebook
    A sourcebook on how to implement Open Access at your institution.
  • The Open Access Directory (OAD)
    The Open Access Directory (OAD) is a compendium of simple factual lists about open access (OA) to science and scholarship, maintained by the OA community at large.
  • Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ)
    DOAJ is an online directory that indexes and provides access to quality open access, peer-reviewed journals. There is a new process to have journals indexed in the DOAJ. All journals must apply using our new Application Form. Due to the extensive and detailed information we require, only a journal's publisher should complete the form.
  • Author Rights: Using the SPARC Author Addendum to secure your rights as the author of a journal article
    Your article has been accepted for publication in a journal and, like your colleagues, you want it to have the widest possible distribution and impact in the scholarly community. In the past, this required print publication. Today you have other options, like online archiving, but the publication agreement you’ll likely encounter will actually prevent broad distribution of your work. You would never knowingly keep your research from a readership that could benefit from it, but signing a restrictive publication agreement limits your scholarly universe and lessens your impact as an author.
  • Open Doors and Open Minds: What faculty authors can do to ensure open access to their work through their institutions.
    The Internet has brought unparalleled opportunities for expanding availability of research by bringing down economic and physical barriers to sharing. The digitally networked environment promises to democratize access, carry knowledge beyond traditional research niches, accelerate discovery, encourage new and interdisciplinary approaches to ever more complex research challenges, and enable new computational research strategies. However, despite these opportunities for increasing access to knowledge, the prices of scholarly journals have risen sharply over the past two decades, often forcing libraries to cancel subscriptions. Today even the wealthiest institutions cannot afford to sustain all of the journals needed by their faculties and students.
    To take advantage of the opportunities created by the Internet and to further their mission of creating, preserving, and disseminating knowledge, many academic institutions are taking steps to capture the benefits of more open research sh

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