Open Educational Resources

Open Educational Resources (OER), as defined by UNESCO, are teaching, learning and research materials in any medium – digital or otherwise – that reside in the public domain or have been released under an open license that permits no-cost access, use, adaptation and redistribution by others with no or limited restrictions.

The goal of the OER Program at Southwest is to increase equity in access to quality, low cost, and inclusive educational materials, through innovative programs and initiatives. We will focus on providing open education resources in order to increase success rates and improve educational outcomes for traditionally underserved students, such as but not limited to students of color, first-generation college students, and economically disadvantaged students.

EBSCO Faculty Select

Through EBSCO Faculty Select’s single interface, faculty can search and access quality open textbooks, Open Educational Resources (OER), and request access to unrestricted library e-books from top academic publishers.

Electronic Resources

The library has over 200 databases, 400,000 electronic books, 75,000 electronic journals, and over a million digital media items, including streaming music, audio, video, and image files available as OER.

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Library liaisons assigned to each academic department are ready to assist faculty in the use of our OER platform, searching for OER material, and understanding copyright issues. Visit our Ask a Librarian page for assistance.

TBR Open Educational Resources Grant

The Digital Engagement Initiative/OER Grant program provides opportunities for teams of faculty and professional staff to transform general education program courses/sequences currently using commercially-published textbooks to courses using open educational resources and other more affordable materials. See more information about the grant at our Open Educational Resources and Digital Engagement Project grant page.

Contact Shayla Kolheim for more information at 901-333-4997.