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Open Educational Resources (OER) and Creative Commons

A guide for faculty interested in incorporating open access materials into their curriculum.

OER Faculty Workshops

During the 2023-2024 academic year, librarians are available to conduct an OER Workshop for faculty within each department. A librarian will contact each department head to arrange a workshop, however, you are welcome to request the workshop through your department head if one has not already been scheduled or to contact Hollie Bellinger at: to schedule a department workshop.  Conducting workshops at the department level allows us to tailor the presentation and resources to your discipline.  

The library will also offer general OER Workshops and OER Publishing 101 Workshops throughout the academic year, open to all faculty and staff.

Upcoming Faculty OER Workshops:  

There are currently no upcoming workshops at this time. If you are interested in a future workshop or would like to schedule a workshop, please contact Hollie Bellinger at

This 1-hour workshop for faculty focuses on understanding students' financial predicament and its impact on their academic success.  We introduce faculty to open textbooks and the benefits they can bring to student learning, faculty pedagogical practice, and social justice on campus.  Faculty are invited to engage with open textbooks by writing a brief textbook review in the Open Textbook Library (OTL) as part of the faculty development workshop.  Faculty who complete the OER Workshop and write a review of a textbook in the OTL are eligible to receive a $200 textbook review stipend.  More information will be distributed at the workshop. 

Upon completing the OER Faculty Workshop, participants will be able to: 

  • Develop a basic understanding of the history and value of Open Educational Resources;
  • Understand the differences between copyright and Creative Commons Licensing as well as how to discover OER;
  • Identify the different legal uses of the licenses within the Creative Commons suite of licenses;
  • Discuss open pedagogy practices;
  • Complete a review of any textbook in the OEN Open Textbook Library.