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Open Educational Resources: Using OER's

Adopting Open Textbooks

Creating Your Own OER's

Creative Commons

Creative Commons (CC) is a non-profit organization headquartered in Mountain View, California, United States. They are devoted to expanding the range of creative works that are available to share and build upon legally. The organization has released several copyright-licenses known as Creative Commons licenses free of charge to the public. These licenses allow creators to communicate which rights they reserve, and which rights they waive for the benefit of recipients or other creators. Each of their licenses is represented with a symbol that explains all the rights associated with the resource.

Using a Creative Commons license on open educations resources has become a mainstay for OER creators. They maintain a page with step by step instructions for how to choose a license at

Find out more about Creative Commons License Here

Evaluating OERs

Affordable Learning Solutions

California State University System Affordable Learning Solutions
Designed to enable faculty to choose and provide quality educational content that is more affordable for their students.

This website:

  • Enables faculty to find quality free or low-cost course content that can substitute for more costly textbooks.
  • Showcases the use of campus library resources for course materials.
  • Organizes tools for faculty to customize and author course content.
  • Provides easy access to information about usability and accessibility of e-readers.
  • Helps faculty be recognized for quality teaching and efforts to reduce students' costs.
  • Enables faculty to share best practices for using low-cost digital and print content in CSU courses.
  • Supports campus Affordable Learning Solutions strategies and initiatives.