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Open Educational Resources (OER) at Wright

Welcome to OER at Wright!

Some Open Textbooks Adopted at Wright

Perspectives Anthropology Textbook Cover image


Beverly Bennett, Social Sciences
Jo Zalea Matias, Anthropology

Concepts of Biology

Alicia Anzaldo for Biology 121

Anatomy and Physiology

Mira Kolodkin, Noah Marshall, Erin Lambers, and Darlene Attiah for Biology 226 and Biology 227.

Calculus Volume 2

Used by Hellen Colman for Math 208: Calculus 2

Math in Society

Julius Nadas, Math 118

A First Course in Linear Algebra

Used by Hellen Colman for Math 212: Linear Algebra

Applied Discrete Structures

Hellen Colman for Math 146: Discrete Math

American Government 2e

Merry Mayer for Political Science 201

International Relations

Merry Mayer, Political Science 204

What is OER?

What are Open Educational Resources?

"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. Open educational resources include full courses, course materials, modules, textbooks, streaming videos, tests, software, and any other tools, materials, or techniques used to support access to knowledge."

The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation

How can I get started with OER?

You're in the right place! This guide is made with beginners in mind, but will hopefully be a useful tool throughout your OER journey.

Learn about the foundation of OER by reading about copyright and open licensing on the next page of this guide.

Find some resources: Open textbooks might be a good place to start, but there is so much more!

Think about accessibility. OER are more than just digital resources, but many operate in digital spaces. Access and design for all learners is important!

Consider authoring and/or sharing your own OER! If you have created something that could be useful to other educators/learners, or even if you remix some open content in a new way, consider sharing it!


Wright Faculty OER Selections

This is a partial list of textbooks adopted by faculty at Wright. Please reach out to department chairs and colleagues for the most current materials.

Open source software used in all my courses (Prof. Hellen Colman):
Mathematical software: Sage
Typesetting system: LaTeX
Online course management and assessment system: MyOpenMath

Wright Faculty Testimonials

CCC Faculty Testimonials 

On adopting OER... 

I have been a strong supporter of OER for several years and, since spring of 2019, I am letting students know that they don't need to purchase a paper copy of the OER textbook. Even though it only costs $15.00 new or $5.00 used, a PDF version is available for free online.  Either option is much less expensive than the My Math Lab book for $126.75. 

Julius Nadas, Distinguished Professor 

Department of Mathematics, Wright College 


On creating OER… 

The best textbook I found for one of my courses is over $200.  I knew that I could deliver the same information, but I was worried if students missed a class, how would they read and get the information without a textbook?  I attended meetings on OER at conferences, and the best lesson I learned was that you should start small.  I began by making PowerPoints that could act as a textbook for the key-terms and concepts. Do not try to change an entire course and write an entire textbook at first.  Start with a handout or activity.  Look at OpenStax, OER Commons and others to see what is already available. You could be surprised at what is out there that would work for you, your classes, and your students. 

Nancy Wyss, Assistant Professor 

Department of Social Sciences, Wright College 


For my sabbatical project, I thought it was important to begin creating an OER Spanish 101 manual for students.  My two main reasons were a more personalized text and cost to students.  The latter is very appealing because students can access the text online for free or print the text for the cost of photocopies.  The former reason is even more significant in that I was able to create a text that had the goals, organization, and orientation that I desired.  I did not want culture to be an "add-on" but incorporated into the text.  I wanted a text that would speak to our (Wright, CCC, community college, Chicago, Latinx) population and OER allowed me to create a manual that could hopefully provide more interest to students and more representation and equity among them.   

The biggest challenges were accessing non-copyright images and articles to incorporate.  However, I did find already posted OER materials - other textbooks and guides - that proved really useful in terms of content and layout.     

Anna Proffit, Assistant Professor 

Department of Humanities & World Languages, Wright College