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We have created the following guide to help direct Iona faculty to open access resources and to low-cost e-textbooks.  We will follow up by offering workshops and tutorials for faculty to aid in utilizing any such resources they chose.  
Please note that this sector is new and consistently changing.  Please check back frequently for updates.

What Are Open Educational Resources?

The Definition of Open Educational Resources

Open educational resources (OER) are free and openly licensed educational materials that can be used for teaching, learning, research, and other purposes.

Source: Creative Commons

Defining the "Open" in Open Content

Retain - the right to make, own, and control copies of the content, Reuse - the right to use the content in a wide range of ways, Revise - the right to adapt, adjust, modify, or alter the content itself, Remix - the right to combine the original or revised content with other material to create something new, Redistribute - the right to share copies of the original content



With a license that allows for the legal remixing, sharing and reusing content, quality standards consistently need to be applied. UNESCO has recommended guidelines for use in higher education. These Guidelines outline key issues and make suggestions for integrating OER.

Read the Guidelines for Open Educational Resources (OER) in Higher Education published by UNESCO »

Budapest Open Access Initiative and DOAJ

The Budapest Open Access Initiative was developed in response for the need for scientific, peer-reviewed research to be made available and freely on the open Internet, which is typically publicly funded. Open access journals, as defined by this initiative, allow readers to "read, download, copy, distribute, print, search, or link to full text of these articles." 

The Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ) is one such directory that subscribes to this model and its aim  "is to increase the visibility and ease of use of open access scientific and scholarly journals, thereby promoting their increased usage and impact. The DOAJ aims to be comprehensive and cover all open access scientific and scholarly journals that use a quality control system to guarantee the content." 

Search for peer-reviewed journal articles in the DOAJ »