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Open Educational Resources (OER) for Health Sciences: Home

Providing information on OER for Health Sciences.

What is OER?

 Open Educational Resources (OER) is defined by the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) as:
 ...any type of educational materials that are in the public domain or introduced with an open license. The nature of these open materials means that anyone can legally and freely copy, use, adapt and re-share them. OERs range from textbooks to curricula, syllabi, lecture notes, assignments, tests, projects, audio, video and animation. 

Why use OER?

Why use an OER in your course?

Benefits for Faculty 

  • Increases student retention by reducing costs
  • Assures academic freedom to modify or add content to your specifications
  • Extends your academic profile
  • Provides more relevant and engaging course materials for your students

Benefits for Students 

  • Low cost or free
  • Prepared on the first day – no waiting for course materials
  • More customized and relevant        


From OER Brochure by Denise Dejonghe CC-BY-SA

Make an Appointment With a Librarian

* If your school's librarian is not available, you may request a meeting with another of the UIW Libraries Health Professions Librarians.

Health Sciences Librarians

Psychology and Sociology

  • Erin Cassity, 210-283-6316,

Nursing and Math/Science/Engineering

  • Dell Davis, 210-829-6054,

School of Physical Therapy

  • Rebecca Dillen, 210-283-6920,

Rosenberg School of Optometry

  • Dede Rios, 210-930-8688,

School of Osteopathic Medicine

  • Yumi Yaguchi, 210-619-7039,

Feik School of Pharmacy

  • Dell Davis, 210-820-6054,

Dean of UIW Libraries

  • Tracey Mendoza, 210-829-3837,
Staff LADR