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What is OER?

"Open Educational Resources (OER), are teaching, learning, and research resources that are free of cost and access barriers, and which also carry legal permission for open use. Generally, this permission is granted by use of an open license (for example, Creative Commons licenses) which allows anyone to freely use, adapt and share the resource—anytime, anywhere." (SPARC)

Check out this graphic explanation of OER from the Georgia State University Libraries. 


Open and affordable course materials align with Colorado College’s commitment to equity while also opening up opportunities for the adaption and creation of innovative course materials customized for the Block Plan.

The average Colorado College student spends over $1200 a year on textbooks with significantly higher costs in many disciplines.  High textbook costs can add to stress levels and serve as a deterrent to enrolling in a particular class or major, exacerbating income disparities on campus. 

Materials that aren’t available in a timely manner are another stressor, particularly on the Block Plan.  For students with print disabilities, poor quality pdf scans impede access.  Open and affordable course materials reduce these barriers to access.

As noted in the Strategic Plan, “the intensity of the Block Plan requires innovative pedagogy and daily, mutual accountability between faculty and students.”  Customizing textbooks and other materials for use on the Block Plan creates opportunities for innovation in teaching, while also ensuring that textbook costs and inaccessible delivery formats and are not barriers to CC students.

Tutt Library can help faculty and instructors find, adapt and create alternative, high quality, low cost materials in their courses, and ultimately help save students money.  


JoAnn Jacoby, Library Director 

Lesley Mackie, Sciences Librarian

Cate Guenther, Digital Commons Librarian

Jennifer Golightly, Academic Application Specialist, assistance with integration of OER into Canvas

Tutt Library, Colorado College      Research Help Desk: 719-389-6662, Texting: 719-387-5441, E-mail: