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Open Educational Resources (OER)

OER Office Hours

Starting this fall, one-on-one OER Office hours will be available on a biweekly basis on Fridays in McWherter Library 226 from 2 - 4 PM. You can discuss anything OER related you desire, such as

  • OER basics and concepts,
  • how to find and evaluate OER,
  • incorporating OER in your course,
  • publishing and remixing your own OER,
  • textbook affordability, and
  • the research behind OER. 

Faculty can walk in during office hours or schedule a time online. Appointments will receive priority over walk-ins and have the choice between meeting in-person or through Microsoft Teams. 

September OER Office Hours

  • September 10
  • September 24

October OER Office Hours

  • October 8
  • October 22

Group Trainings

Schedule an OER Training

Departments, programs, offices, and any other campus unit can request group OER trainings. OER trainings can be offered as presentations on specific topics, hands-on workshops where faculty can work on OER with librarian, or both. All trainings can be offered in-person, on Zoom, and on Microsoft Teams. Presentations can be recorded and shared publicly or privately.

  • Presentations (mix and match based on interest, will include time for Q&A)
    • The What and Why of OER (15 min)
    • Finding and Evaluating OER (20 min)
    • Integrating OER in Your Class (15 min)
    • OER Commons and the Tennessee Open Education Hub (15 min)
    • Adapting and Publishing OER (forthcoming)
  • Workshop (1 hour)

For further information regarding OER trainings and for scheduling, please contact Carl Hess at or at ext. 8209.

Recordings of Past Trainings

Recent publicly-available recordings of group trainings. All recorded trainings that are made public will be kept on the University Libraries' Vimeo account

Introduction to OER (8/18/21 University Libraries)

Introduction to Open Educational Resources (OER) from University Libraries on Vimeo.

Overview of OER covering basic terminology, textbook affordability issues, how OER benefits students, benefits and barriers to faculty adoption of OER, how to find and incorporate OER, and future OER endeavors at the University of Memphis. Presented to the University Libraries in person and online on August 18, 2021. Presentation by Dr. Meredith Boulden and Carl Hess.