What are Open Educational Resources (OER)?

Open Educational Resources (OER) are educational materials that are free of cost and access barriers, and which also carry legal permission for open use. Generally, this permission is granted by the use of an open license which allows anyone to freely use, adapt and share the resource—anytime, anywhere. OER include full courses, modules, textbooks, streaming videos, test banks, software, and any other materials used in education. 

The Open & Affordable Education Committee at Iowa State is working to support OER and other affordable course content. You can learn about our other initiatives on our About Us page. Our major contributors include representatives from the three offices below: 

Recent News

July 13, 2020

In a continuing effort to make higher education more affordable, 40 Iowa colleges and universities have combined for a joint membership with the Open Textbook Network (OTN), a consortium of colleges and universities working to advance open textbook initiatives.

March 17, 2020
  • ISU Library COVID-19 Update: Visit this website for updates about the University Library's response to COVID-19, including closures, off-campus access information, and changes to service. 
  • Iowa State University campus updates: Visit this webpage for up-to-date information about changes to university operations as we are impacted by COVID-19, including an FAQ for faculty, staff, and students. 
February 12, 2020

Each spring, the Iowa State University library, Center for Excellence in Learning and Teaching, and the Office of the Senior Vice President and Provost support the Miller Open Education Mini-Grant Program to encourage instructor innovation in adopting Open Educational Resources (OER).

January 9, 2020

This semester, in addition to our regular OER consultations, department presentations, and private training available, the Open & Affordable Education Committee will also be hosting a couple of workshops that may be of interest to you:

November 14, 2019

Libraries and bookstores have different approaches to purveying information that suggest a natural competition. One lends freely what the other sells. But the ISU Book Store and the University Library are on the same page concerning affordable course content.