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Open Educational Resources (OER)

OER in the time of COVID-19

compassThe COVID-19 pandemic has required a rapid response by educators to meet student needs. CSI has transitioned to mostly distance learning for the present and the physical library space is closed until further notice. 

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.

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

Upcoming OER events

Webinars and Conferences

  • 2020 CUE Conference and CUNY OER Showcase | Oct 29 11:00 AM–Oct 30, 2020 4:00 PM
    This conference seeks to feature the transformative OER work being done in higher education at CUNY.
  • Kansas Board of Regents webinars | Oct 1, Oct 26, and Dec 2
    The Kansas Board of Regents is hosting monthly webinars on OER topics. Free and open to anyone.
  • Open Education Conference | Nov 9-13, 2020
    The Open Education Conference is an annual convening for sharing and learning about open educational resources, open pedagogy, and open education initiatives. This year's theme is "Reimagining Open Education." Fee: $75 (student price: $25, scholarships available)

Open Educational Resources at CSI

CSI has implemented OER for selected sections in the Physics, Anthropology, Economics, Media Culture, Psychology, English, and Social Work, departments. For the 2019-20 academic year, students saved nearly $500,000 from using OER in place of traditional textbooks.

View the OER textbooks used in these courses.

Graphic showing student savings from OER. See description for details.

In 2019/20, CSI students in 7 departments saved nearly $500,000 in textbook costs with Open Educational Resources.

  • Physics
  • Anthropology
  • Economics
  • Media culture
  • Psychology
  • English
  • Social work