Open Education Services

Open educational resources (OER) offer a valuable option for faculty to make their courses more engaging and affordable for all students. 

We offer a suite of services to support instructors who want to adopt, remix, and/or publish OER. These adaptable teaching materials can be leveraged in Iowa State courses and shared openly to support learners around the world. 

Mockup of an open textbook on a tablet with a print copy behind.Features of OER

  • All materials are free for students to access on the first day of class and in perpetuity.
  • Digital and print copies are available for text-based content.
  • OER come in many formats, including books, videos, simulations, and more!
  • Instructors can customize materials to match their course's organization, content, or teaching style.

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Open Education Services

The University Library offers services to support the implementation of OER and open educational practices across Iowa State University. Support available includes: 

Contact: Abbey K. Elder,

ISU Digital Press

The Iowa State University Digital Press supports the publication of open textbooks through Pressbooks, an easy-to-use web-based authoring tool that creates interactive, mobile-friendly web books with options to export in PDF and EPUB formats. The Digital Press provides: 

  • Project management, formatting, and peer review support for authors
  • Easy embedding of multimedia content and interactive elements through H5P,, and other tools
  • Integrating open textbooks into Canvas through the Pressbooks LTI

Contact: Harrison W. Inefuku,

Center for Excellence in Learning & Teaching

CELT partners with educators to support student-centered learning at Iowa State University. Their office can support: 

  • Training and professional development for educators on effective teaching practices
  • Instructional design and course redesign support 
  • Coordination for course review and Quality Matters certification


Example OER

OER can vary widely in their length, format, and type. A demo showcasing various types of OER available in Pressbooks is available through the Iowa State University Digital Press:

Additional examples suited to a specific discipline or course can be located with support from Abbey K. Elder, the Open Education Lead on campus: