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Open educational resources (OER) are free teaching and learning materials that are licensed to allow for revision and reuse. OER can be fully self-contained textbooks, videos, quizzes, learning modules, lesson plans, syllabi, worksheets, data, and more. The benefits of using OER in your courses include improved student engagement and success, immediate and equitable access to resources, cost savings for students, flexible and high-quality learning materials that can be adapted to fit your individualized curriculum, and professional contributions to teaching and learning in your field. UTA Libraries also provide support for using library-licensed content (e.g., e-books, scholarly articles, and databases) and setting up electronic reserves for course materials.

For personalized assistance locating free resources appropriate for your course, please contact us at

Open Educational Resources

Tips for locating OER:

  1. There are lots of OER out there. It takes time and persistence to find the ones that best fit you and your students' academic and research needs. This guide is not an exhaustive list of available content.
  2. Instead of focusing on the textbook that you want to replace, focus on what you want your students to know or do.
  3. Search multiple open repositories at once using the OASIS search box on the right side of this page.
  4. Import course modules directly from Canvas Commons for immediate reuse and revision.
  5. Your subject librarian and the Libraries' OER team can provide personalized assistance locating materials for your course. We're here to help you find what you need quickly and easily. Get in touch!


Professors, do you have information that you would like to have scanned and placed on electronic reserves for your students to access directly from Canvas? We can help! 

​You may submit chapters of books and journal articles to be placed on E-reserves for your course. 

Instructors can submit their electronic reserves requests through their subject librarian or directly to our Learning Resources Librarian, Katie WillefordIf you would like to know more about placing items on E-reserve, read the Reserve Guidelines for Faculty webpage.

Video Introduction to Open Education

Dr. Robin DeRosa explains the transformative benefits of open education.


The Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board has launched OERTX, a digital repository of OER for Texas students and educational institutions. Faculty can browse the site to find OER that have been used successfully in the state, build and remix OER with embedded authoring tools, and collaborate with other educators across the state through groups and hubs.

Other Open Options

Online Resources for Science Laboratories is a growing collection of simulations and labs for STEM. Other options: