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Shifting to Remote Learning

Dear instructors,


As the educational community responds to COVID-19, you may be receiving emails from vendors offering limited-time free access to their tools and platforms.  I would like to share some online resources that are always free or affordable. I know you are concerned about your students who may be experiencing greater financial stress than usual if they’re not able to work, have been displaced, or have a change in responsibilities. The resources and tools listed below will continue to be free to you and your students after the crisis is over. 


Below are some places to start finding free and open resources. Or just contact me with your topic or learning objectives, and I will look for you! Your time and energy are particularly valuable right now, and I would like to help however I can.


Open Textbook Library. Read peer reviews and access open textbooks being used across the world.

Openstax. High-quality, peer-reviewed, open textbooks on introductory topics. Students can buy print copies. See their blog post on Teaching online with OpenStax to support emerging social distancing requirements. OpenStax has quiz banks, slides, and other ancillaries freely available for instructors who sign up with them.

Lumen Learning. Offers a wide array of open content that you can access for free. Their Waymaker and OHM modules are low-cost homework platforms that can be integrated with an LMS, but all of the Lumen resources can be used for free.


If you’re looking for more open resources, check out Locating OER by OSU Libraries. New to OER? Schedule a virtual appointment with Kathy Essmiller and let's see what we can find. OSU ITLE has curated some guidance to help instructors with this shift. Their very useful videos and resources can be found at


Visit the Library’s COVID 19 page for more the most current information. The other librarians and I are happy to chat with you about topics such as:

You can email us individually to set up a Zoom appointment, or email

Let us know how we can help.


Thanks to Michaela Willi-Hooper for sharing and helping scope the information provided above.

White O on Orange background shaped like mortarboardOpen Educational Resources are instructional materials intentionally created to be free to students. These materials are licensed by author/creators to permit and encourage distribution, modification, and retention. Resources may be in the form of textbooks, multimedia, full courseware, and more.‚Äč

White O in orange background shaped like a mortarboardUse of Open Educational Resources encourages faculty experimentation and innovation, facilitates the practice of open pedagogy, and increases affordability of and access to educational experiences.

White O on orange background shaped like a mortarboardEducators making use of Open Educational Resources may adopt resources created by others or adapt resources for use by editing or combining elements of resources created by others. These edited resources can then be re-published for further use and revision. Educators may also choose to create an entirely new openly licensed resource.


Open access is a key aspect of Open Educational Resources. Resources accessed through a subscription, paywall, or institutional membership are not considered Open Educational Resources, even if they are apparently free to the end user. Open licensing is a crucial part of the definition, as well. Resources which are openly accessible but licensed in ways which prevent modification or remixing are not considered Open Educational Resources, as they cannot be edited to meet varied educational needs.

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