Open Education Resources

Process to Adopt


Process to Adopt OER

Though an OER is generally available on the internet, students should be able to download the entire OER book to their own computer/portable device. Faculty may also provide the textbook as a PDF to their students either through email or as a link from the course management system.

If you are a faculty considering the adoption of an OER, contact Jinan Darwiche to inquire about the Bookstore process and how to obtain printed desktop and library copies of the OER.

Instructions for Faculty

  • Provide a PDF to Reprographics to create an ISBN and generate printed copies for the Bookstore on- demand printing. If the OER is available in ready-bound printed text (e.g. OpenStax), you can skip this step. Faculty can request extra copies be purchased for the library (up to 5 copies). Reprographics will provide a free desktop copy to the requesting faculty. Contact Jinan Darwiche for details.

  • Ensure the section are marked OER in class schedule so students can filter for such sections. To mark your section, logon mProfessor then click "Uses OER/Zero Textbook" next to the course that uses OER or Zero cost book. You can click it again to remove the designation.

  • In the Bookstore database (requisition), enter the proper textbook title ending it with "OER textbook, available free online" at the bookstore database. For non-OpenStax book, complete the Declaration of Copyright Form. Questions on this form must be sent to

  • Inform students where OER are available by providing a link or PDF or both via email and/or in the course management system.

  • Consider attending workshops and or view past workshop slides or recordings from Workshops.

  • Contact an OER Team member for assistance.