Skip to Main Content

Open Educational Resources and Zero-Cost Course Materials

Finding and Evaluating OER

Abby Elder, the renowned open education scholar and advocate from Iowa State University, succinctly describes best practices for finding and evaluating OER. 

Textbooks

 

Search strategy: 

Try searching for broad topics and general course themes. It will be easier to get a list of results with broader terms, then you can review chapter descriptions to see if they meet the more specific needs.

Teaching Materials

 

Search strategy: 

Try searching for select topics and concepts that may be lacking from the textbook options. You can get more specific with your search in these tools than with the textbook-based resources. 

Journals and Research Data