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Open Educational Resources (OER)

A guide for Faculty interested in OER.



Faculty are invited to use this guide to explore and research Open Educational Resources.  

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Virginia's Academic Library Consortium

VIVA Faculty Textbook Portal
The VIVA Faculty Textbook Portal is a catalog to assist Virginia public college and university faculty in finding and selecting open and affordable textbooks for their courses in one place. The Portal is part of a wide-scale Open and Affordable Initiative by VIVA to provide no-cost and barrier-free access to course curriculum resources for students and researchers.

Go to the VIVA website to learn more about VIVA Open and Affordable Initiatives including VIVA grant opportunities and the VIVA Open OER Commons.



OER Policies and Guidelines: VCCS

From the VCCS Policy Manual: 

Section 5 - Educational Programs


5.14 Adoption and Use of Open Educational Resources (OER)


5.14.1 OER Definition 


Open Educational Resources (OER) are publicly available teaching, learning, and research resources that reside in the public domain or have been released under an intellectual property license that permits their free use and re-purposing by others. Open educational resources include full courses, course materials, modules, textbooks, streaming videos, software, and any other tools, materials, or techniques used to support access to knowledge.

“OER Course” is a course exclusively using freely available OER.

5.14.2 Use of OER Materials 


Colleges shall make use of OER materials in accordance with the provisions of the VCCS Policy 12.0, Intellectual Property Policy and Procedures; the Creative Commons licensing standards; the Digital Millennium Copyright Act of 1998; applicable state and federal copyright laws; accepted best practices of the OER community, including a succinct and well-accepted definition of OER; and college policies and academic standards.


5.14.3 Responsibilities and Support of Faculty Using OER Materials 


Faculty who incorporate OER materials into their courses, or create, adapt, or share OER shall be in compliance with policies governing the use of course materials under VCCS Policy 12.0, Intellectual Property Policy and Procedures.


When developing OER, faculty are to use only materials that are published under a Creative Commons License or exist in the Public Domain. It is the faculty member’s responsibility to ensure that content incorporated into OER courses is eligible for and meets the standards for a Creative Commons license and is properly attributed. Faculty should consult the college’s intellectual property policy administrator or other OER expert to determine eligibility and correctly note attributions.


Colleges shall ensure that all OER materials are accessible to persons with disabilities.


VCCS colleges will provide training, support, and encourage recognition of OER use, adaptation, and creation as a meaningful scholarly and professional endeavor.


5.14.4 Licensing OER

Faculty or staff who create original content that is incorporated into a course designated as OER or who create OER of other types or formats shall place a Creative Commons Attribution License on such content as defined in VCCS Policy 12.03.f Creative Commons.


5.14.5 Identification of OER courses


Courses exclusively using low cost or no cost OER materials will be identified within the course registration system. 


This guide was adapted from Tidewater Community College's OER guide with permission from Tidewater Community College Library.

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