A “subject portal” is an online gateway that helps users to quickly and efficiently find reliable, scholarly subject-based information in one place.
To go to a specific subject portal click on the portals listed on the right.
The following is a general portal for all departments:
Go to the Open Access and Scholarly Communication webpage to find similar initiatives.
Open Educational Resources are educational materials and resources that are publicly accessible, meaning that they are openly available for anyone to use and, under some licenses, to re-mix, improve and redistribute.
OER is a movement in education that seeks to counter costly, commercially produced learning content, typically textbooks, with publicly accessible content that is licensed so that it can be freely distributed and shared.
Here is an official definition from the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD):
Digital materials offered freely and openly for educators, students, and self-learners to use and reuse for teaching, learning, and research. OER includes learning content, software tools to develop, use, and distribute content, and implementation resources such as open licenses.
Educators and learners as well as learning institutions are driving its development. OER provides an alternative to the rising costs of education. It alleviates the burden of student debt while providing opportunities to students who might not otherwise be able to afford or access materials. In response to the effectiveness of OER compared to traditional commercial textbooks, research now indicates that OER are equally or more effective.
OER provides an opportunity to try new ways of teaching and learning, many of which are more collaborative and participatory.
Educators are taking advantage of OER to (1) move away from traditional textbooks and (2) improve learning by introducing students to more varied and current learning content. In higher education, faculty are adopting OER as a way to save their students money but also increase the likelihood that students will acquire and read learning content.
A subject portal is an online gateway that helps users to quickly and efficiently find reliable information.