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Open Educational Resources (OER)

Introduction to OER

Open Educational Resources (OER)

Lakeshore is committed to making college as affordable as possible for students. We have a Zero Textbook Cost (ZTC) program on campus where faculty eliminate textbook costs for their courses by offering open and free alternatives, such as Open Educational Resources (OER).

What is OER at Lakeshore? 


New to OER? Check out some of these resources: 

This brief (1:30) video from the Council of Chief State School officers explains the basics of searching for OER materials for your discipline. Or check out the more comprehensive training materials below. 

Your Librarians!

We are here to help!

At Lakeshore Library we are "OER Champion" certified and ready to help you tackle OER adoption in your classes! Just send us an email!

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Learn More

Resources about open pedagogy, creating or adapting open content, licensing and Creative Commons

New to open? Check out links below to learn more about open licensing, creating or adapting open content, open pedagogy, and Wisconsin's open movement.  

Open Pedagogy Notebook

Teaching and learning theories, sharing practices, examples, community network to 'open' education. 


sSelf-guided courses on copyright, licensing, and Creative Commons

Community for Open Wisconsin (COW)

Community for Open Wisconsin (COW) is working toward curating and organizing Open Educational Resources for Wisconsin educators teaching all ages. Check out the website, follow them on Facebook, or get updates on their blog about Wisconsin's open movement.

WISELearn Resources

Wisconsin's repository for open educational resources. WISElearn now has a 'hub' for higher education. All resources are created, adapted, and used by instructors from around Wisconsin. 

#GoOpen Wisconsin

Wisconsin DPI Digital Learning Plan: Open Education Resources (OER) Project

Creative Commons

Learn how to use & remix openly licensed content, how to give attribution, and what licensing means.


Free book writing software that lets you create a book in all the formats you need to publish. Modify existing openly licensed material, or piece together a couple resources to create a custom book for your class.

An openly licensed annotation software that lets you and your students create notes and annotations, interact and connect more deeply with your online course content. This software integrates into Pressbooks and Blackboard and has the potential to help students engage more with their online text.

Resource Lists adapted from: Big List of Resources - OER - Open Educational Resources - LibGuides at University of Pittsburgh

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