Open Educational Resources (OER) "... are teaching, learning and research materials in any medium – digital or otherwise – that reside in the public domain or have been released under an open license that permits no-cost access, use, adaptation and redistribution by others with no or limited restrictions" (Hewlett Foundation). They may include, but are not limited to, textbooks, readings, multi-media files, software, assessment tools, and even entire courses. Most are covered by licenses that allow for using, re-mixing, and sharing.
Steps to Adopting an Open Textbook If you are an instructor looking for an open textbook to assign to your class, here are some suggested ways to go about using a textbook:
For more information, check out the BCcampus Open Education Adoption Guide.