Open Educational Resources, or OERs, are freely accessible and openly licensed texts or other digital assets. LCTCS faculty are currently working on creating OER courses to help reduce the financial burden for students by replacing traditional textbooks with quality OERs. This will also help students be better prepared for their courses from Day One, as their resources will be freely available online.
Using the Louisiana Statewide Common Course Catalog, LOUIS created and maintains a list of potential open educational resources (OERs) that faculty may choose to adopt in their courses. The Open Textbook Library is the primary source of OER
content for this project and content from other OER repositories will be included on an ongoing basis.
Open SUNY Textbooks is an open access textbook initiative created by the State University of New York libraries and supported by SUNY Innovative Instruction Technology Grants. This initiative publishes high quality, cost effective course resources.
The Orange Grove repository is Florida's digital repository for instructional resources. The repository provides an environment for educators to search for, use, remix, share, and contribute educational resources. The repository can also be integrated with your Learning Management Systems (e.g. Canvas, Blackboard, Desire 2 Learn). Discover, contribute, and import repository resources directly from your LMS.
Through the Affordable Learning LOUISiana initiative, the Louisiana Statewide Common Course Catalog has been mapped to a list of potential open textbooks and other educational resources (OERs) that faculty may choose from to adopt for their courses in place of traditional course materials. These materials can be freely used and shared and are available free of cost to students and faculty.