• Explore our OER tutorials and more online
  • Check out our OER Trailblazers and learn how faculty at Iowa State are using OER.

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

November 16, 2020

The 2020 Open Education Global Conference is taking place virtually this year. With that new format comes some new complications. Namely, how to run a conference across various extremely different time zones. The answer: upload the presentations on YouTube so everyone can watch and participate, even if they can't attend all the talks live!

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.