About Open Educational Resources

Open educational resources (OER) are freely accessible online teaching and learning materials. They can be videos, textbooks, quizzes, learning modules and more. This guide collects the best-of-the-best OER and organizes them by college and department.

Using OER in your classroom can save you time and your students money. Take a look and see what is available in your discipline!

UTSA Libraries Adopt a Free Textbook Grants  (Grants open January 1, 2021 for Fall 2021 adoption.) 
  • Awarded to all courses
  • Applications proposing the use of OER, library resources, or other affordable learning materials 
Two Tiers
  • Individual: $1,000 for a faculty member to adopt a free textbook in one course
  • Group: $1,500 - $7,000 (calculated based on number of students impacted) for faculty to adopt a free textbook in a course (minimum 3 instructor collaboration or all instructors for a course)

Allen, I., & Seaman, J. (2014). Opening the curriculum: Open educational resources in U.S. Higher Education, 2014. Retrieved from

Belikov, O., Bodily, R. (2016). Incentives and Barriers to OER Adoption: A Qualitative Analysis of Faculty Perceptions. Open Praxis, 8(3). 

Bliss T., Robinson, T. J., Hilton, J., & Wiley, D. (2013). An OER COUP: College teacher and student perceptions of open educational resources. Journal of Interactive Media in Education, 2013(1). http://dx.doi.org/10.5334/2013-04

Fischer, L., Robinson, J., Hilton, J. & Wiley, D., (2015)  A Multi-Institutional Study of the Impact of Open Textbook Adoption on the Learning Outcomes of Post-Secondary Students Journal of Computing in Higher Education, 27(3).

Robinson, J., Fischer, L., Wiley, D., & Hilton, J. (2014). The Impact of Open Textbooks on Secondary Science Learning Outcomes.Educational Researcher, 43(7).

Hilton, J., Robinson, J., Wiley, D., & Ackerman, J. (2014). Cost-Savings Achieved in Two Semesters Through the Adoption of Open Educational ResourcesInternational Review of Research in Open and Distance Learning, 15(2).

Pawlyshyn, N., Bradlee, Casper L., & Miller, H. (2013). Adopting OER: A Case Study of Cross-Institutional Collaboration and InnovationEDUCAUSE Review, November-December 2013.

Bliss, TJ., Hilton, J., Wiley, D., & Thanos, K. (2013). The Cost and Quality of Open Textbooks: Perceptions of Community College Faculty and Students. First Monday, 18(1).

Bliss, TJ, Robinson, J., Hilton, J., & Wiley, D. (2013). An OER COUP: College Teacher and Student Perceptions of Open Educational ResourcesJournal of Interactive Media in Education.

Tonks, T., Weston, S., Wiley, D., & Barbour, M. (2013). “Opening” a New Kind of School: The Story of the Open High School of UtahInternational Review of Research in Open and Distance Learning,14(1).

Feldstein, A., Martin, M., Hudson, A., Warren, K., Hilton, J., & Wiley, D. (2012). Open Textbooks and Increased Student Access and OutcomesEuropean Journal of Open, Distance and E-Learning.

Wiley, D., Hilton, J., Ellington, S. & Hall, T. (2012). A Preliminary Examination of the Cost Savings and Learning Impacts of Using Open Textbooks in Middle and High School Science ClassesInternational Review of Research in Open and Distance Learning13(3).

Hilton, J., Lutz, N., Wiley, D. (2012). Examining the reuse of open textbooksInternational Review of Research in Open and Distance Learning, 13(2).

Johansen, J. & Wiley, D. (2011). A Sustainable Model for Opencourseware DevelopmentEducational Technology Research & Development, 59(3).

Hilton, J., Wiley, D., Stein, J., Johnson, A. (2010). The Four R’s of Openness and ALMS Analysis: Frameworks for Open Educational ResourcesOpen Learning: The Journal of Open and Distance Learning

Wiley, D. & Hilton, J. (2009). Openness, Dynamic Specialization, and the Disaggregated Future of Higher EducationInternational Review of Research in Open and Distance Learning, 10(5).


Bliss, TJ. (2013). A Model of Digital Textbook Quality from the Perspective of College StudentsDissertation.

Gurell, S. (2012). Measuring the Technical Difficulty in Reusing Open Educational Resources with the ALMS Analysis FrameworkDissertation.

Open Educational Resources at UTSA is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License. Under this license, you are free to copy and redistribute the material it contains in any medium or format. Also, you may remix, transform, and build upon the material.