At Mason, we want to make your courses accessible to all students. One way to do that is to reduce the costs of the textbooks and other educational materials you use—and University Libraries can help.
We offer support for reducing the cost of textbooks and for making library-licensed e-content available to your students. We’re also ready to help you discover, use or even develop and publish your own open educational resources.
So there are several ways to make educational resources affordable for your students:
- Choose a standard textbook, put a physical copy on reserve, then let your students know how to access it.
- Choose a textbook or articles where the library already offers free digital access. Place the item on ‘e-reserve‘ and then link to the item on your Blackboard site or include a link in your syllabus.
- Choose an existing Open Educational Resource (see Finding OERs below).
- Work with us to develop and publish an OER for your course(s). Contact John Warren at jwarre13 at gmu.edu to get started.
What are Open Educational Resources?
Open Educational Resources (OERs) are freely-accessible teaching, educational, and research materials that either exist in the public domain or are available to users via an intellectual property license that permits their free use and re-purposing. These resources include complete online courses, course materials, modules, textbooks, streaming videos, tests, assessment tools, and software. They provide people worldwide with access to quality education and the opportunity to share, use, and reuse knowledge.
See the following selection of Open Educational Resources collections you may use, re-purpose, and distribute for your teaching and learning needs. You will also see entries to MOOCs (Massive Open Online Courses) for those who are interested in taking a full-blown, non-credit class on a subject or need particular lectures to boost their learning in a for-credit course. Learn more about how you can support the adoption and development of high-quality open courses and educational resources by visiting our section on grants and OER advocacy.