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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:

Suggested Resources

Included on this guide are selected Open Educational Resources (OER) in various broad disciplines, with an emphasis on resources used by other Iowa colleges/universities as well as textbooks reviewed in the Open Textbook Library or by relevant associations. Some free resources 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).

Readings for Faculty

Brandle, S. M. (2022). The book costs how much??? Textbook cost & OER awareness in political science. Journal of Political Science Education, 1-15. 

Brandle, S. M. (2020). It’s (not) in the reading: American government textbooks’ limited representation of historically marginalized groups. PS: Political Science & Politics53(4), 734-740.

Brandle, S. M. (2018). Opening up to OERs: Electronic original sourcebook versus traditional textbook in the introduction to American government course. Journal of Political Science Education14(4), 535-554.

Jacobson, T. E., & Friedman, S. (2019). Teaching critical thinking and metaliteracy through OER: Theory and practice in a course collaboration. The International Journal of Open Educational Resources2(1), 25017.

Kalaf-Hughes, N. (2021). Reaching students with low interest: subject matter interest and perceptions of open educational resources in an introductory American Government Course. Journal of Political Science Education17(sup1), 459-485.

Selected Open Textbooks in Political Science & Law