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Open Educational Resources (OER) in the Classroom

Open Educational Resource Textbooks

Open Educational Resource Textbooks


Open Educational Resource Textbooks

"They have higher grades, they don't drop out of the classes, they take more courses because they have access to a free textbook and they have immediate access to that textbook on the first day."      - Nicole Finkbeiner, OpenStax


The cost of textbooks has increased significantly within the past decade. Open educational resource textbooks help make college education more affordable by offering textbooks for free or at a reduced cost. OpenStax, Open SUNY Textbooks, and Open Textbook Library offer their quality peer-reviewed textbooks at no cost.



In 2012, Rice University created OpenStax. Their textbooks are peer-reviewed and are free to adopt. Many of their textbooks cover general courses at the undergraduate level. They have also created OpenStax CNX which provides small modules of information to help support the texts and courses.

Key Resource: OpenStax All of our textbooks are peer-reviewed and absolutely free. They meet standard scope and sequence requirements and come in web view, PDF, on iBooks, or a low cost print version.

OpenStax Textbooks- Review our OpenStax textbooks and decide if they are right for your course. Simple to adopt, free to use. We make it easy to improve student access to higher education.

OpenStax CNXOpenStax CNX is an open library of educational content where anyone can contribute. View, share, and add material that you can remix and reuse for your course.


Open SUNY Textbooks


In response to the growing impact of Open Educational Resources (OER) adoption across SUNY, the Open SUNY Textbook (OST) project is offering services to support wide faculty adoption of OER that can be effectively sustained, improved and shared, as well as delivered to students to give them the day-one access to course materials they need for academic success. 

Key Resource:  Open SUNY TextbooksThe mission of Open SUNY Textbooks is to provide an academic-friendly publishing model and infrastructure which supports faculty adoption, remixing, and creation of open educational resources (OER) and courses.

Textbooks Available- Open SUNY Textbooks provide supplemental textbooks that target areas in courses that are specific.


Open Textbook Library

The Open Textbook Library provides a growing catalog of free, peer-reviewed, and openly-licensed textbooks. Explore the library's books to see if an open textbook fits the needs of your courses and students.

Key Resource: Open Textbook Library- Open textbooks are textbooks that have been funded, published, and licensed to be freely used, adapted, and distributed. These books have been reviewed by faculty from a variety of colleges and universities to assess their quality. These books can be downloaded for no cost, or printed at low cost. All textbooks are either used at multiple higher education institutions; or affiliated with an institution, scholarly society, or professional organization.