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Open Educational Resources

As the educational community responds to COVID-19, you may be receiving emails from vendors offering limited-time free access to their tools and platforms. The Open Educational Resources Committee and the Library wanted to share some online resources that are always free or affordable.

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What are Open Educational Resources (OER)?

The Hewlett Foundation defines OER as
"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."

For more information on the value of open educational resources to WVU, check out:  Why Openness in Education? by David Wiley & Cable Green in Game Changers: Education and Information Technologies . Educause Publications.

Learn About Open Education

Get Involved

Check out our initiatives to learn more about our OER grant program, Open Textbook Review Workshops, and other opportunities. 

WVU faculty and instructors, let us know if you use OER or are interested in learning more!

Open Education at WVU

Learn more about our partnerships.

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Teaching and Learning Commons

As a key partner, the Teaching and Learning Commons provides teaching support and resources for faculty, graduate students, and postdoctoral fellows. 

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Textbook Affordability

From the Office of the Provost, read about the Textbook Affordability initiative. 

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Digital Publishing Institute

The DPI is a nascent WVU collaborative designed to help meet the scholarly publishing needs of the WVU and WV scholarly community. Please contact us if you have any questions about publishing open textbooks.

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Open Access Textbooks

Open Access Textbooks is an open access textbook project created through West Virginia University with the goal of producing cost-effective and high quality products that engage authors, faculty, and students.