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Affordable Learning Resources: Affordable Learning

Learn about affordable learning resources and open educational resources (OERs).

Why OER?

Affordable Learning Resources are quality, low- or no-cost educational resources that encourage student success while lowering student costs. 

These resources include: 

  • library-licensed resources
  • Open Educational Resources (OER)
  • items freely available or in the public domain on the web

If you'd like help locating library-licensed or open content to use in a class, please contact your department's library liaison.

Explore how to easily create and manage resource lists for electronic AND physical course reserves and deliver them directly into OAKS.

Lists & Reserves 

Open Educational Resources (OER)

Open Educational Resources are educational materials offered freely and openly for anyone to use.  Most licenses allow resources to be shared, remixed or customized for your class.  Open educational resources include textbooks, full courses, course materials, modules, streaming videos, tests, software, and any other resources used to support access to knowledge.  

Library Resources

Using materials available through CofC Libraries can save your students money. The library offers e-books, databases, and journals that can be easily linked to and freely accessed through OAKS using the Reading Lists tool


Free Online Resources

Free Online Resources are resources that are available online but are not always open, so you may not be allowed to change or revise them to suit your needs. The Open Access Luminos collection from UC Press (below) is a good example. 

This category also includes podcasts, YouTube videos, and other streaming media content.

For those resources that do not fall under the public domain, it is best to use them by linking to the resource through OAKS and sending your students to the specific site and not re-posting the information.

Professors for Affordable Learning

Congratulations to the following CofC instructors who have been recognized as PALs!

Professor for Affordable Learning

Pat Dillon

David Flenner

Amanda Kraft

Brandon Lewter

Elena Rodriguez

Gretchen Scronce

Joey Van Arnhem

Are you already utilizing course resources that are entirely free for your students? If so, apply to be recognized through PASCAL's statewide program, Professors for Affordable Learning!

Have questions? Contact us!

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Gretchen Scronce
Addlestone Library, Room 101