Affordable Learning Resources are quality, low- or no-cost educational resources that encourage student success while lowering student costs. These resources include library-licensed resources, Open Educational Resources, and items freely available or in the public domain on the web.
While library-licensed resources are not OER and may come with copyright and licensing restrictions, using materials available through your library can save your students money. The library offers e-books, databases, and journals that can be easily linked to and freely accessed through D2L or your syllabus. If you'd like help locating library-licensed content to use in a class, please contact the Instruction Librarian.
Open Educational Resources are educational materials offered freely and openly for anyone to use. Most licenses allow resources to be shared, remixed or customized for your class. Open educational resources include textbooks, full courses, course materials, modules, streaming videos, tests, software, and any other resources used to support access to knowledge. If you would like help finding OERs for your class please contact the library at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Free Online Resources are resources that are available online but are not always open, so you may not be allowed to change or revise them to suit your needs. For those resources that do not fall under the public domain, it is best to use them by linking to the resource through D2L and sending your students to the specific site and not re-posting the information.
Interested in adopting Open Educational Resources (OER) in your classes? MTC Librarians are available to assist you in finding high-quality materials at no or low cost for your course or subject area. Request a consultation using our form below or by contacting the Emerging Technology Librarian (3533).
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