Open Educational Resources
Textbooks are a significant cost for students in all programs. According to the college board, students of private, 4-year institutions spend an average of $1244 per year. This Guide is meant to provide you with information on Open Educational Resources. We invite you to contact the library if you are seeking alternatives to the traditional textbook model.
The Wilmington University Library does not generally purchase textbooks for the collection. We recommend that students purchase their Textbooks from the Wilmington University Campus Store
Faculty who seek complementary content for their courses are encouraged to use the library to search for open access textbooks. Use the Discovery link, typing in the terms: OpenStax College and Open Textbook Library. We also recommend use of MERLOT II (Multimedia Educational Resource for Learning and Online Teaching) linked below.
"Open Educational Resources (OERs) are any type of educational materials that are in the public domain or introduced with an open license. The nature of these open materials means that anyone can legally and freely copy, use, adapt and re-share them. OERs range from textbooks to curricula, syllabi, lecture notes, assignments, tests, projects, audio, video and animation." (UNESCO).
"OER are teaching, learning, and research resources that reside in the public domain or have been released under an intellectual property license that permits their free use and re-purposing by others. Open educational resources include full courses, course materials, modules, textbooks, streaming videos, tests, software, and any other tools, materials, or techniques used to support access to knowledge." (Hewlett Foundation)