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Goals of the Cowles Library OER Initiative
Open educational resources (OER) are frequently identified as a solution to the rising costs of textbooks and as a way to provide faculty with access to high quality open learning resources that better meet the changing needs of their classrooms and teaching methods.
The library has long been a supporter of affordable learning resources, and have presented numerous times to faculty to create awareness of resources that the library either owns or licenses (DRM free) that can easily be adapted for textbook use.
We are now going one step further and encouraging OER awareness and adoption.
The goals of our OER initiative are:
Source: Adapted from "Open Educational Resources (OER): A Quick Guide" Macalester College.
Cowles Librarians can help you:
OER Consultation Service
Are you interested in adopting OER in one of your classes, but need help locating relevant, high quality sources? Try the Library's OER consultation service! You can meet with a librarian to discuss your needs, and he/she will attempt to locate Open Educational Resources (OER) that support your requested content and criteria.
To request a library OER consultation, please contact Teri Koch (email in bio link included on this page).