Open Education Resources
What are OERs?
OERs are materials for teaching and learning that are made available to others for free or at a substantially lower cost than traditionally published materials. OERs can be anything from full textbooks, to lesson plans, online labs and tools, problem sets and more. OERs are also licensed so that they can be adapted, re-mixed, and/or re-distributed by other faculty to fit their own curricular needs.
For more information, go to Open Education by the Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition (SPARC).
The rising costs of college tuition and textbooks can be prohibitive for many students. OERs are one crucial way that universities can help students succeed and stay in school.
For more information about the impact of high textbook prices on college students, see that 2016 report Covering the Cost by Student PIRGs (Public Interest Research Groups).
NDSU Student Government Initiatives
Progressive Education Grants
NDSU Student Government has untaken an initiative to implement, enhance, and sustain open educational resources and open access textbooks at North Dakota State University. In order to accomplish this, Student Government has created a grant program to promote and support the implementation of open textbooks and other open educational resources. The grant is meant to compensate faculty members for the effort of adapting their curriculum to a new textbook, or for creating or adapting an open textbook.
For more information about the NDSU Student Government Progressive Education Grants and to apply for a grant, please go to https://www.ndsu.edu/sg/open_textbooks/
NDSU Student Government Grantees
Course name/number: Psychology 111
Instructor(s): Jared Ladbury
Course name/number: BIOL 150, BIOL 151, BIOL 252
Instructor(s): Angela Hodgson, Jenni Momsen, Matt Smith, Lisa Montplaisir
The following are collections of open textbooks, all produced by academic faculty. Each collection is multi-disciplinary and easily searched. They vary in their licenses - some titles may be shared only and others can be remixed and modified.
Supplementary Course Materials
The following are collections of additional supplementary resources such as slides, demonstrations, and assessments. They vary in licenses. There are also numerous subject-specific repositories of supplementary materials; your subject librarian can help you find other materials specific to your needs.
While these aren't OERs, they can help reduce textbook costs for students.
- Course reserves - Make up your own course reading list from a variety of sources. Materials owned by you, NDSU Libraries, or Tri-College Libraries can be put on reserve for your class.
- Course packs - The bookstore can help you create a course pack where students pay for copyright clearance to readings not available for course reserves.
- Ebooks with multiple users - the library purchases some online books that can be accessed by many students simultaneusly. Search our online books for current availability or contact your subject librarian about purchasing one.
- NDSU's Institutional repository - Materials where the copyright is held by you, students, faculty, and staff can be added to NDSU's online repository for free, online, searchable access. Materials may include journal article preprints, dissertations, videos, course materials such as lectures, and more.
Creating Open Educational Resources
If you, or your department are interested in developing a new open textbook or adapting an existing open textbook to better match your curricular needs, please contact the Office of Teaching and Learning for assistance. OERs need to be accessible to all students. Please contact NDSU's Disability Services for more information, and evaluation of OER acessibility.
The following resources offer an overview of the textbook creation process, information about popular publishing platforms, and licensing considerations.
Produced by the Commonwealth of Learning in 2016 and released as CC BY SA. 66 page guide presenting technical advice for textbook development in a variety of platforms and formats.
This guide is for all who are involved in the production of open textbooks in higher education. Content includes a checklist for getting started, publishing program case studies, textbook organization and elements, writing resources and an overview of useful tools. By Melissa Falldin and Karen Lauritsen.
Produced by the Editing Working Group of the Open Textbook Network in 2016. This is a five-step guide for faculty, and those who support faculty, who want to modify an open textbook. Step-by-step instructions for importing and editing common open textbook file and platform types are included.
Information about Creative Common's free, easy -to-use copyright licenses that provide a way to share your work on your terms.
NDSU Student Senate Open Resources Board (ORB)
NDSU Libraries are committed to supporting Student Government efforts to promote adoption of open education resources.
The ORB is charged with advocating for the implementation and sustainability of open educational resources at both the university and state level. The committee is composed of five members of the Student Senate including the chair who is the Student Government Commissioner of Academic and Student Affairs and one student at-large position. Faculty and staff representation consists of the Dean of Libraries, one college Dean, Vice-Provost of Academic Affairs, the Bookstore Course Materials Manager, and two faculty representatives appointed by faculty senate.
The committee's work is largely carried out by three subcommittees:
Faculty Awareness and Assistance (FAA) chaired by Laura Trude, Business Librarian
- Contact for information about events and seminars
Grant Financing and Allocation (GFA) chaired by Michael Russell, Student Government
- Contact for information about grants
Research and Technical Application (RTA) chaired by Beth Twomey, Head, Research and Instruction
- Contact for information about OERs and open access, copyright, technical, and access issues