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Lansing Community College Library

Open Educational Resources at LCC: Finding OER: Adopt, Adapt, or Create

Learn how to find and use OER materials in teaching and learning.

How Do I Adopt Open Textbooks?

Provide your students an alternative to expensive textbooks by following these steps:

  1. Check with your department or program to see if there are others who already use OER or to see if others are interested in working with you to find or create an OER..
  2. Research available OER by subject by going to the OER by Discipline page or the OER Collections box or OER Respitories box on this page.
  3. Search for some appropriate textbooks for your course and begin reviewing and evaluating each one.based on the content and whether it suits your learning objectives, teaching style, and your students. See the box that outlines evaluation criteria for some tools to help you evaluate OER.
  4. Decide if you want to use the textbook as is, edit, or modify the contents.
  5. Check to see if LCC has a current or upcoming Award Program that you could apply for.
  6. In the end, you will let your Lead Support person know that you will use OER and where that OER is available. You will distribute the OER to your students by uploading into D2L. You can select the best format to distribute to your class such as online, or downloadable PDF.

Find, Adapt, and Remix

OER Evaluation Criteria

Open Textbook Collections

Open textbooks are free, online learning materials with Creative Commons licenses. Many of the collections will have links to the same books, but each will have a particular focus, and items you can't find in other collections.

OER Repositories

OER repositories contain more than just open textbooks.  All content featured within these pages is free but usage rights vary. Materials in these repositories are released under a Creative Commons license while some are in the public domain.