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Open Educational Resources (OER)

OER In the time of COVID-19

The spread of COVID-19 has required a rapid response by educators to meet student needs. CSI has transitioned to distance learning for the remainder of the semester, and many instructors might find themselves looking for resources that are easily accessible and don't require an in-person visit to the library.

Guidance for Faculty

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Why Open Education?

Student success

  • Students will need extra care, patience, and clarity as they experience disruption and hardship due to being laid off, child care, family care, tech snags, and more.
  • OER can be made fully accessible. Learn more from this Accessibility Handbook by Portland Community College. You can contact our accessibility librarian at
  • Affordable course materials are going to be more important to students than ever. If you don’t find OER that will work for your course, consider using library resources by visiting our e-resources guide or our homepage.

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.