What are Open Educational Resources (OER)?

See: http://guides.ou.edu/OER

OERs are educational materials that are specifically designed by their creator/s to be openly available, and are often licensed to be re-used, re-mixed, and re-distributed. Open is not just about low cost (though that is an important benefit of using OER) but about the ability to take what others have created, customize it for your specific educational needs, and then share your creation with others.

OERs can come in a variety of forms:

  • Primary sources - Images, video, and sound recordings. Some sources are in the public domain, while others have been licensed as open by their creators. In addition, many texts that are in the public domain are available online/electronically.
  • Learning content - created content that ranges from individual lectures, animations, and assessments to complete courses and textbooks.

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  • Quantitative Research Methods for Political Science, Public Policy and Public Administration (With Applications in R): 3rd Edition 

    Jenkins-Smith, Hank C.; Ripberger, Joseph T.; Copeland, Gary; Nowlin, Matthew C.; Hughes, Tyler; Fister, Aaron L.; Wehde, Wesley (2017-08-18)
    The focus of this book is on using quantitative research methods to test hypotheses and build theory in political science, public policy and public administration. It is designed for advanced undergraduate courses, or ...
  • Edward Jenner: The Mystery of the Milkmaids 

    Kientz, Kate; Purkaple, Brent (2017-08)
    Edward Jenner was a physician in the eighteenth and nineteenth century who studied the disease known as cowpox. Traditional medical knowledge demonstrated that milkmaids who contracted the disease cowpox became immune to ...
  • John P. Finley: Tornado Forecasting 

    Boone, Brittany; Purkaple, Brent (2017-08)
    John P. Finley wrote the first book in English devoted to tornadoes. As a member of the US Army Signal Service, Finley's job was weather forecasting. By the 1880s Finley was widely recognized in the military as a tornado ...
  • Antalogía Abierta De Literatura Hispana 

    Ward, Julie Ann (2017-04)
    Una antología crítica de textos literarios del mundo hispanohablante. Se enfoca en autores canónicos y también se intenta incluir voces marginadas. Cada texto tiene una introducción y anotaciones creadas por estudiantes. ...
  • AC Circuits 

    Davis, Chad (2017-01-07)
    This eBook was written as the sequel to the eBook titled DC Circuits, which was written in 2016 by Chad Davis. This eBook covers Alternating Current (AC) circuit theory as well us a brief introduction of electronics. It ...
  • The Trial of Galileo 

    Magruder, Kerry (2017)
    The story of Galileo’s trial in 1633 intertwines two crucial earlier episodes: 1. Galileo’s encounter with the Inquisition in 1616; and 2. Publication of Galileo’s Dialogue on the Two Chief Systems of the World in ...
  • Banned Books of the Scientific Revolution 

    Magruder, Kerry (2017)
    The three most famous banned books of the Copernican revolution, listed in chronological order, are On the Revolutions of Copernicus (1543); a Commentary on the biblical book of Job by Zúñiga, a theologian in Salamanca; ...
  • Della Porta: Natural Magic 

    Galliart, Scott; Purkaple, Brent (2017)
    Giambattista della Porta was one of the most widely known European Renaissance magicians. In 1558, at the age of twenty three, the first edition of his book Natural Magic was printed. Due to its popularity and Della Porta ...
  • Galileo's World Reprise, "Walking Tours." 

    Magruder, Kerry; Purkaple, Brent (2017)
    Galileo's World reprise offers visitors another chance to experience the award-winning exhibition. Materials on display at partner locations will return to OU Libraries and be available in a rotating display located in the ...
  • DC Circuits 

    Davis, Chad (2016-08-08)
    This book covers Direct Current (DC) circuit theory and is broken up into three modules. Module 1 covers the basics for circuits that include DC sources (voltage or current) and resistors. Even though Module 1 is not very ...
  • Practice Problems in Biomedical Organic Chemistry: Self-Guided Problems and Answers for Students in Bioorganic and Organic Chemistry, Volume I 

    Carter, Adam; Culver, Tiffany; Cichewicz, Robert (2016-08)
    This problem set was developed to assist undergraduate students taking a one semester or two semester, non-majors course in organic chemistry. Students in these courses often come to organic chemistry from diverse backgrounds ...
  • Bode's Star Atlas: Uranographia, 1801 

    Magruder, Kerry (2016)
    This beautiful star atlas fused artistic beauty and scientific precision, the last of the four major star atlases in which artful depictions of constellation figures appear alongside the most up to date scientific information. ...
  • The Abacus: Introduction 

    Magruder, Kerry (2016)
    The Abacus was an instrument useful for various mathematical computations. This learning leaflet provides step-by-step instructions for the basic operations of the abacus.
  • Augustine: The Bible and Science 

    Magruder, Kerry (2016)
    Saint Augustine discussed the relationship between religion and science in the 5th century. Such views became highlight influential throughout the history of science for those interested in explaining the relationship ...
  • Activities Handout for Constellations 

    Magruder, Kerry; Purkaple, Brent (2016)
    Suggested activities to be used in conjunction with Constellation Coloring Pages and Card Sets.
  • Discorso particolare intorno all'unisono 

    Galilei, Vincenzo; Annis, Jonathan A. (2016)
    Vincenzo Galilei was among the first music theorists to advocate for a new system of tuning based on performance, instead of the mathematical principles of music set fourth by Pythagoras. Pythagorean music theory bases ...
  • "Constellation Coloring Pages" adapted from Johann Bode, "Uranographia" (1801) 

    (2016)
    Johann Bode, director of the Observatory of the Berlin Academy of Sciences, produced the last of the four major celestial atlases in which artful depictions of constellation figures appear alongside the most up-to-date ...
  • The Anatomy of a Book 

    Magruder, Kerry (2016)
    In order to understand the history of a book, it is important to understand the structure and organization of a book - it's anatomy. This learning leaflet explains the basic parts of a book through some simple exercises. ...
  • Libraries as makers of OER: A Pilot Project 

    Magruder, Kerry; Purkaple, Brent (2015-11-19)
    The University of Oklahoma Libraries and the History of Science Collection have spent the last year planning Galileo's World, an exhibition showcasing the time period of Galileo through 300 rare books, hand-crafted instrument ...
  • Boldly Explore 

    Flammarion, Camille; Magruder, Susanna (2015)
    Although many attribute this iconic image to the Middle Ages, it first appeared in a 19th century work of meteorology. So it's fitting that this book will open a Galileo's World exhibit at the National Weather Center on ...

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