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Scholarly Communication: Information and Resources for the UNI Community: Open Educational Resources

What are open educational resources?

Check out this video for a concise and informative introduction to Open Educational Resources:

What is an open textbook?

Open textbooks are:

  • Licensed in such a way as to allow them to be freely accessed, shared, and adapted by students, teachers, and others.
  • Typically distributed online at no cost and can be made available in a print version for a low cost if preferred by students

The quality of open textbooks is equal to traditional textbooks in that they are created by educators, reviewed by educators, and selected by individual educators to serve as tools to help students meet learning objectives.

Open textbooks can be utilized through at least two channels:

  • Adopt an existing open textbook from a freely available collection such as the Open Textbook Library
  • Create a new open textbook if no satisfactory title already exists


Rod Library works together with faculty to:

  • Help faculty members understand and adopt open textbooks in their classes
  • Increase support of open textbooks on campus
  • Collect data to show the impact of open textbooks for students

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