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Alternative Textbooks

Options for textbook resources for college courses that are no cost for students.

What are OERs?

Open Educational Resources are often described with the Five Rs:

  • Retain - keep a copy with no restrictions
  • Reuse - use for a variety of purposes
  • Revise - edit, modify, adapt
  • Remix - mashup to create a new work
  • Redistribute - share the content

Authors give these permissions upfront using Creative Commons licenses that exist on top of copyright.

Adapted from "Defining the "Open" in Open Content and Open Educational Resources" by David Wiley is licensed under CC BY 4.0