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Open Educational Resources (OERs): OER for Teaching and Learning

How OERs Benefit Teachers/Lecturers

  • Freely available, online resources are immediately accessible to students allowing for early semester engagement. 
  • OERs are scalable and can be distributed to students with no cost to the student or the institution.
  • Open Textbooks can be tailored to meet the specific needs of the course and the context in which they are taught. (This is particularly beneficial in subjects such as law and politics which may an Irish based textbook.)
  • OERs can include assessment materials such as quizzes which can be used to evaluate student learning.

How OERs Benefit Students

  • Unlike traditional resources such as print textbooks OERs can be edited, modified, and maintained by students throughout the course of the semester. 
  • The digital nature of OERs means students can highlight, add notes, comments to their course material to enhance engagement.
  • OERs can be accessed both on campus and remotely.
  • OERs ensure fair access to all students, they are freely available and remove the financial burden of traditional resources.

Open Educational Resources and Open Pedagogy, academic papers

Teaching and Learning Online

This guide collates online resources and courses on teaching online, related issues that arise and resources on online assessments. Click on the tabs across this section to discover more information and remember that the library team are here to support staff with any needs from sourcing online course materials to research queriesemail us at or contact your subject liaison librarian 

Online Resources Skills, software & more for remote teaching

Online Assessment

Online Courses Skills for remote teaching & learning


Remote Working

Access to Free Inspection Copies

  • Berghahn Books free e-inspection copies and print copies at a discounted rate of 5£