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Open Educational Resources (OER)

OER In the time of COVID-19

The COVID-19 pandemic has required a rapid response by educators to meet student needs. CSI has transitioned to distance learning for the present, with the fall semester likely to be mostly remote as well. Many instructors might find themselves looking for resources that are easily accessible and don't require an in-person visit to the library. Open Educational Resources (OER), are free and openly available instructional materials (including textbooks) that are born digital and available from anywhere with an internet connection. To learn more about OER, click here.

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Why Open Education?

This content is adapted from Open Oregon Educational Resources and is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License

Open Educational Resources at CSI

CSI has implemented OER for selected sections in the Core, English, Astronomy, Biology, Economics, Finance, Library, and Media Culture departments. For the 2018-19 academic year, students saved nearly $400,000 from using OER in place of traditional textbooks.

View the OER textbooks used in these courses here.