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Open Access, Open Education, & More: Find OER to Use

Textbooks, Curricula, etc.

Open Courses


When using OERs, it is important to understand that just because it is online, doesn't mean it is free to use in your class. Laws such as the TEACH Act and Fair Use allow for the use of copyrighted materials in certain circumstances. Click the links below to learn more about copyright and fair use.

Copyright and OERs

Columbia University Guidance on Fair Use

Creative Commons Licensing

Many OERs have Creative Commons licenses which allow you to use, share, and modify works for the classroom. You can also license how you would like your OERs used in the future. More information can be found on the Creative Commons website.

About Creative Commons Licenses

How to License Your Work


It is important to ensure that OERs provided in the classroom is accessible to all users. This includes adding captions to or providing a transcript to videos, making text screen readable, and websites meet WCAG standards. Using the Universal Design framework can help with this. CUNY also provides guidance on making your OER accessible. Learn more below. 

University of Washington Center for Universal Design in Education

CUNY Accessibility Toolkit for OERs