Open Educational Resources

Open Educational Resources are freely accessible and openly licensed teaching and learning materials that can be reused, shared, revised and remixed.

Benefits of Open Educational Resources

Open Educational Resources (OERs) include textbooks, quizzes, games, videos, and other course materials. Adopting OERs come with many benefits, including:

  • customisation - allows academics to customise course materials
  • currency – material can be quickly updated to reflect new knowledge
  • cultural diversity – can reflect the diverse student voice and include first nations representation
  • student affordability – help to lower the cost of study
  • access flexibility– ongoing access to free learning materials from anywhere at any time
  • equity - all students have access to the same learning materials
  • deeper learning – the multiple format content may enhance the learning experience, increasing student engagement, and course completion.

Need more information?

The Library's Teaching support team can help

Ask us for:

  • OER recommendations for new course development and those undergoing a review activity
  • advice on how to replace commercial textbooks with OERs
  • advice on embedding OER content in Canvas 
  • help with adopting, adapting or creating open content, including textbooks
  • advice on open licensing and Creative Commons.
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Find OERs

We have curated a list of collections and search tools to help you find OERs:  

Finding OER Textbooks (Library Shorts)

Learn how to find Open Education Resources (OER) textbooks using several search engines, how to access the texts, and how to identify the Creative Commons licence so you can use them in your teaching. (video 4:38 mins).

Open Education at RMIT

The Library is a member of the Open Educational Practice Special Interest Group advocating for open education in Australia.

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Open Textbook Initiative

RMIT University Library developed the Australian and New Zealand Open Textbook Initiative to encourage the use and adoption of open educational textbooks as an alternative to paid resources. We partner with RMIT learning and teaching staff to curate open course resources and facilitate the adoption of OER textbooks.

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Are you an Open Textbook Hero?

Are you already using an open textbook in your course? We feature Textbook Heroes on our website to acknowledge their contribution to saving students’ money. To become one of our Textbook Heroes, just fill out the textbook adoption form.

Ed Talks: Open Educational Resources

James Glapa-Grossklag, the Dean of Educational Technology from the College of the Canyons in Southern California talks about the importance of Open Educational Resources during his visit to RMIT. (3:14 mins).

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Acknowledgement of Country

RMIT University acknowledges the people of the Woi wurrung and Boon wurrung language groups of the eastern Kulin Nation on whose unceded lands we conduct the business of the University. RMIT University respectfully acknowledges their Ancestors and Elders, past and present. RMIT also acknowledges the Traditional Custodians and their Ancestors of the lands and waters across Australia where we conduct our business - Artwork 'Luwaytini' by Mark Cleaver, Palawa.