Research Guides

Open Educational Resources

What are Open Educational Resources (OERs)?
OERs are teaching, learning and research materials in any medium – digital or otherwise – that reside in the public domain, or have been released under an open license that permits no-cost access, use, adaptation and redistribution by others with no or limited restrictions.

Why OERs?


OERs provide equitable access to textbooks and other teaching materials.  OERs can ensure that all students, regardless of socioeconomic level, can access critical learning materials to complete their course work.


OERs also provide faculty with flexibility, and encourage innovative teaching approaches.  Using OERs, faculty can customize their courses beyond the textbook.
Where can you find OERs?
Using OERs in your online courses can ensure your students have free access to relevant materials for learning.  Your subject librarian or medical librarian can direct you to more information about OERs in your field.  Here are some online repositories with openly available course materials: Faculty webpages can also be sources of OER content.

Scholarship@Miami is the institutional research repository and discovery portal for the University of Miami. Scholarship@Miami features selected research and scholarly works prepared by faculty, students, and staff of the university. Items in Scholarship@Miami include published articles, UM theses and dissertations, data sets, conference papers, proceedings, lectures, projects, reports, presentations, and other scholarly work and research output. OERs can be published in Scholarship@Miami.
Subject Specialist

Elizabeth (Lisa) Fish

Ava Brillat

  • Program Lead for Information Literacy and Instructional Design
  • (305) 284-4058
Interested in creating your own OERs?
Please contact Lisa Fish for more information on creating and publishing your own OERs.

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