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What is OER?

Did you know that students at CBU spend on average $877.93 on textbooks a year?

Open Educational Resources (OER) are teaching, learning, and research resources that reside in the public domain or have been released under an intellectual property license that permits their free use and re-purposing by others. Many universities have implemented Open Textbooks, which are high quality, peer reviewed textbooks, available for free, and have saved students millions of dollars.

Open Textbooks for your class

A spreadsheet of classes offered at CBU and an associated Open Textbook, if available: OPEN THE SPREADSHEET

Open Textbook Directory from BC Campus: a comprehensive list of various OER repositories 

BC Campus: One of the largest portals for Open Textbooks in Canada. Find and use an open, peer reviewed textbook.

E-Campus Ontario: Open Educational Resources portal for Ontario

Open Textbook Library: Open Textbooks on many areas including Engineering.

OpenStax: Peer-reviewed, open educational resources and texts from the USA

Open SUNY textbooks: Open textbooks from SUNY

Open Courseware from MIT: STEM related open textbooks from MIT

* Open textbooks are often digital, but can be printed for around 20 dollars per book, if a student prefers the paper version.

Research on Open Textbooks

As Good or Better than Commercial Textbooks: Students’ Perceptions and Outcomes from Using Open Digital and Open Print Textbooks

Investigating the Perceptions, Use, and Impact of Open Textbooks: A survey of Post-Secondary Students in British Columbia

Assessing the Savings from Open Educational Resources on Student Academic Goals

Platforms for creating OER

Open Textbooks at CBU


Cover image for Physical Geology, First University of Saskatchewan Edition                                              

“I had great feedback after switching to an open textbook. Students liked having a resource that they could read on any device, and they definitely enjoyed saving money! The quality of illustrations and explanations in the new University of Saskatchewan edition easily rivals commercial textbooks. It’s actually pretty crazy that this content is available for free.” - Jason Loxton