Affordable Learning from the Library

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We’ve previously discussed why you should consider adopting an open textbook. We understand the challenges associated with changing textbooks and the possibility that you’ve not identified one that meets the needs of your students. If you’re interested in the concept of an open textbook and open educational resources (OER), but haven’t yet made the leap, consider other ways you can incorporate affordable learning into your courses.

Most of the library’s resources are not considered OER due to licensing, copyright, and limited ability to re-purpose, modify, and share widely. However, because UC students have access to our resources, you can add them to your course at no additional cost to students.

How can library resources add to your course?

  • Use journal, magazine, and newspaper articles to discuss current events, differing perspectives on topics, and provide the latest research
  • Embed video, audio, images, and other media directly into your course so students don’t have to click away from Blackboard
  • Provide links to library e-books or e-book chapters to expand upon course content not included in a textbook

In addition, Clermont College Library and UC Libraries are continuously developing online learning resources to support students and faculty. These include research guides and videos about information literacy and using library tools.

Interested in adding library resources to your course?

Your library liaison would be happy to help you identify resources to enhance your course. We can also assist with providing permalinks, embedding video, creating research guides, and much more. You can also reference the Open Educational Resources at Clermont research guide for additional information.