Open Education Resources
Open Education Resources are freely accessible, openly licensed, and can be adapted or re-used depending on requirements. They provide benefits such as increased affordability of education for students, and greater flexibility for instructors.
Over the first two years funding was provided by the Open and Affordable Course Materials Working Group, and supported by the Provost's Advisory Committee on Teaching and Learning to facilitate the creation of open educational resources here at Queen's. To date 13 open textbooks were funded and according to the authors' estimates approximately $500,000 of savings per year will be realized for Queen's students when the textbooks are completed.
The students who took my course last year were very excited to hear that we were developing a new text for the course. Students strongly support open-access educational resources, even when those are less 'polished' than commercial offerings - Dr. Ryan Martin
For more details, please see OER Success Stories at Queen's for more on the benefits.
Support for Open Textbooks
The Library is building a service to assist faculty to create or customize open textbooks.
We will support you at each stage of your open textbook project, from planning to publishing and distribution on the Pressbooks authoring platform.