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Open Educational Resources (OER) Student Guide: About OER

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Explore, Learn, Thrive with Open Educational Resources

Welcome to Your Ultimate OER Student Guide, your passport to a world of free, high-quality learning materials that can transform your educational journey. As a student, you're on a quest for knowledge, and OER is your treasure map.

"The only person who is educated is the one who has learned how to learn... and change." - Carl Rogers

What are Open Educational Resources?

What are Open Educational Resources?

"OER are teaching, learning, and research resources that reside in the public domain or have been released under an intellectual property license that permits their free use and re-purposing by others."
The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation

Why OER?

Are you ready to embark on this learning adventure? Before we dive in, consider these questions:

Have you ever felt burdened by the high cost of textbooks and course materials?

Do you want to personalize your education to better suit your learning style?

Are you curious about how you can contribute to the global knowledge commons?

If you answered yes to any of these questions, you're in the right place! Let's begin your OER journey by understanding what makes Open Educational Resources so valuable.

Why OER?

Why OER?

What does OER include?

What does OER include?


  • Syllabi
  • Content modules

Course materials:

  • Textbooks
  • Assignments
  • Simulations
  • Learning objects
  • Labs


  • Journal articles
  • E-books
  • Image Galleries
  • Video Libraries


  • Software
  • Calculators
  • Analytics

(Modified from "Open Educational Resources(OER)" Marilyn Billings & Charlotte Roh, UMass Amherst )


Contact us!

Contact us!

Additional Open Educational Resources and suggestions are welcome.

Any MCC librarian:

781-280-3705 (Bedford) 
978-656-3005 (Lowell)


Thank you!

Thanks to Olivia Reinaur and the entire OER Team at Tidewater Community College for assistance with this Guide.

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