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Open Educational Resources (OER) Toolkit

A selection of the support and resources available to the Macalester community through the library and through the OER community


This toolkit offers a handpicked set of information and resources for the Macalester College Community, especially for faculty that are interested in learning more about:

  • open educational resources 
  • OER enabled pedagogies
  • the greater community that has formed around using and creating openly available course materials.

How would you like your courses to grow?...explore new possibilities...

Defining OER

What are Open Educational Resources?

OER materials share these two attributes:

  • freely available or by a nominal fee online or in print
  • openly licensed for reuse, customization (remixing), and redistribution

UNESCO’s definition:

“Open Educational Resources (OER) are teaching, learning and research materials in any medium – digital or otherwise – that reside in the public domain or have been released under an open license that permits no-cost access, use, adaptation and redistribution by others with no or limited restrictions.”

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What's New?

Multimodal Musicianship open textbook

Multimodal Musicianship by Victoria Malawey

Multimodal Musicianship is an open educational resource for learning music theory and ear training. The content engages concepts related to tonal harmony, suitable for a two- or three-semester music theory and ear training curriculum in a liberal arts college or other higher education setting. This collection of materials offers multiple modes of engaging content—with text, musical examples, audio examples, video content, application activities, and links to supplemental content—designed for users to learn and reinforce their knowledge according to their learning styles and needs.

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Have ideas and questions?

We want to know!

  • Are you usingcustomizing, creating open educational resources / open textbooks?
  • In your perfect class, what would your students and you be able to do?
  • Do you have ideas or questions?

Enter your ideas, thoughts and questions to your local OER Support Librarians:

Mac OER Share and Ask form