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Open Educational Resources

Unlocking Learning: The Open Education Resources Movement

 "OER are teaching, learning, and research resources that reside in the public domain or have been released under an intellectual property license that permits their free use and re-purposing by others.”   -William Hewlett Foundation

NMC faculty are using OER and other creative textbook choices to lower the cost of education for all students. By choosing free and low cost textbooks for their courses, these efforts have saved NMC students an estimated $1,257,200 since Fall 2015. 

Textbook Owl. Corrina Ulrich. CC BY.

The 5R Permissions of OER

"5R permissions" is based on original writing by David Wiley, which was published freely under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 license at

Steps to OER

Guide License

Northwestern Michigan College (NMC) Library Research Guide on Open Educational Resources (OER) by NMC Librarians is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.