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Open Educational Resources (OER)

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open textbooks 124  
courses 179  
students 4475  

Use Textbook Price or an average textbook price




OER Savings at NSCC

Estimated NSCC Open Textbook Savings
Spring 2022 Data

74 NSCC Instructors


Open Textbooks




NSCC Students


Student Savings

Numbers based on self-identified open textbook use by NSCC Instructors for the academic year 2020-21 and 2021-22. Estimates based on: average class size (25) and average textbook cost ($80). Use and savings numbers do not include general reference titles that are being used. For example: NSCC College 101: Study, Strategize and Succeed.

Open Educational Resources (OER)

Open Education Resources(OER)

  • OER: Term used for content that creators have chosen to share with an open copyright model of licensing.
  • OPEN: The resources can be used,  copied and shared without permission or fees, as opposed to the traditional "all rights reserved" approach to copyright ownership, where the creator sells their work and requires permission for copying and use outside of purchasing.
  • Credit the creator! Open doesn't mean no attribution. Attribution and agreeing to share the content forward are usually requirements for use of OER material.
  • Defining OER: Any type of educational teaching materials created with an open copyright license that allows you to do the 5 Rs.

OER Key Features:

  • The 5 Rs: Retain, Reuse, Revise, Remix, Redistribute
  • Free to legally copy, use, revise, adapt and re-share.
  • OER can include a variety of teaching materials including curriculum, course outlines, textbooks, teaching notes, assignments, tests and projects.
  • Not format specific -- can include digital, audio, video or animation. The native format is digital but print copies can be made.
  • Attribution and sharing the content are almost always requirements


  • True OER are free of most copyright and licensing restrictions
  • Terms of Use statements or a Creative Commons (CC) license provide guidance on how the content can be used.
  • Creative Commons (CC) licenses ~ help creators license their content with sharing models to choose from. Note: Not all CC licenses meet the conditions of an OER.
  • Check license terms for any restrictions.

Using Images

This image was created by and is licensed using the creative commons CC BY-SA license . Use of the CC licence symbol on the image provides a visual indicator/ cue to the intent to share.

CC = Creative Commons
BY = Who is the image by ~ Give credit to the creator
SA = Share Alike ~ You agree to share the content forward.

CREDIT: Sharing Open Ideas by, CC BY-SA.