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Open Educational Resources & Intellus: Introduction and Intellus


Open Educational Resources (OER) are freely accessible, openly licensed documents and media that are useful for teaching, learning, skills building and assessment of learning.  They range from individual modules or objects to entire courses, textbooks,  demonstrations, etc.  An Open Textbook is a textbook licensed under an open copyright license and made available online to be freely used by students, teachers and members of the public.

Essentially these are freely available teaching tools that can be modified and used to enhance or replace traditional textbooks.

Library materials are licensed and available for use in courses.  For more information, see Linking to Library Resources and Course Reserves.


Intellus (NetID required) -

The Intellus platform allows instructors to quickly access high-quality open educational resources (OER), as well as their institution’s academic library materials to help replace expensive textbooks and course materials, while also providing real-time insight into student engagement. Instructors can map institutional learning objectives through learning resources, such as course and degree maps and syllabi. Instructors can use their NetID and password to login and get started. Librarians and COLRS staff are available to assist with your questions or comments.

Library resources currently loaded into Intellus include some databases and full text sources from EBSCO, ProQuest, JSTOR, Alexander Street, Credo, Films on Demand

OER materials included come from universities such as Arizona, Berkeley, and MIT; consortiums such as OpenStax, Open Textbook Network, and MERLOT; government sources such as the Justice Department and the National Archives; non-profits such as the ACLU, Nova Science and TED Talks; and a myriad of other interdisciplinary sources