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Open Educational Resources (OER) & Textbook Equity

How do I even start if I'm thinking about textbook equity/affordability?

What if I want to share course materials I've created or modify/customize something listed here?

Whether you have a homegrown course "packet" or aspire to create an entire textbook, Rod Library can support you in creating, licensing, and sharing materials that you intend to be free of charge. This includes modifying existing materials that are openly-licensed. Details:

What about government documents?

U.S. federal agency documents are automatically and immediately in the Public Domain. There are no copyright restrictions. For state or other agency documents, refer directly to any copyright notices or restrictions indicated on each resource.

Suggested Resources

Included on this guide are key tools for finding Open Educational Resources (OER) in Engineering. In addition,  the Open Textbook Library can be a useful resource. Some free materials may be included that aren't technically OER because they do not have open licenses. Be sure to evaluate each resource for quality and usage rights.

For more, use the Find Open Textbooks tab on the left side of this guide. Rod Library's OneSearch also includes some open textbooks as well as licensed ebooks; note that if you plan to use a library-licensed ebook for a course, you need to notify your liaison librarian well in advance (more on textbooks & library ebooks).

SkillsCommons is also a great resource for modifiable materials in technical fields, searchable or browseable by industry.

Key OER Resources & Institutional Examples in Engineering

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Selected Open Textbooks in Applied Engineering & Technology Management (modifiable unless otherwise noted))