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Open Educational Resources (OER)

This guide provides information and resources to help support you learn about OER, find and evaluate existing OER, adopt OER, and create OER projects.

What are Open Educational Resources?


Open Educational Resources (OER) are:

Learning, teaching and research materials in any format and medium that reside in the public domain or are under copyright that have been released under an open license, that permit no-cost access, re-use, re-purpose, adaptation and redistribution by others (UNESCO, 2021).

UCalgary Services for Finding OER

Libraries and Cultural Resources offers two OER Adoption Services that teaching faculty and instructors can use to find OER for their courses. Find out more about these services below.

OER by Discipline Guide: University of Calgary

Visit the OER by Discipline Guide: UCalgary to locate potential OER in your discipline

Open Course Materials Matching Service (OCoMMS)

The Open Course Materials Matching Service (OCoMMS) saves teaching faculty and instructors time searching for OER as we will do the searching for you. The OER Support Team will conduct the search  to find potential OER that fit the course materials needs within a course. Following our search, we will provide a curated list of potential OER for requestees to evaluate for potential adoption into their course. This service can be used for established courses, as well as, new courses and programs.


Visit the Open Course Materials Matching Service (OCoMMS) Guide to learn more.

For an overview of all of LCR's OER services, visit the Open Education Services webpage

Creation and Hosting Services for OER at UCalgary


Open Education Alberta is a publishing service offered by post-secondary institutions across Alberta who have partnered together. Open Education Alberta is based in the Pressbooks Create platform and can be used for the development and publication of open textbooks, toolkits, tutorials, and more. It offers a variety of plug-in options, multimedia integration, and more to create interactive and engaging publications.

Open Education Alberta (Pressbooks) is supported by Libraries and Cultural Resources at UCalgary.


PRISM is a digital archive of the University of Calgary's intellectual output. Established and maintained by Libraries and Cultural Resources to manage, preserve and make available the academic works of faculty, students and research groups. The collection includes faculty publications, masters and doctoral theses, and research output from across Southern Alberta (taken from PRISM Library Guide).

PRISM is supported by Libraries and Cultural Resources at UCalgary.


Libraries and Cultural Resources supports open access and subscription-based journals through our journal hosting service. We provide web hosting for journals through the Open Journal Systems (OJS), developed by the Public Knowledge Project (PKP). This service is open to any open access peer-reviewed journals whose editor(s)-in-chief is affiliated with a Canadian post-secondary institution (Taken from the Scholarly Journal Publishing Library Guide).

OJS is supported by Libraries and Cultural Resources at UCalgary.


Omeka S is a simple web publishing system that is used by hundreds of archives, historical societies, libraries, museums, and individual researchers and teachers to create searchable websites for digital collections. 

At the University of Calgary, we are using Omeka S to allow students and faculty to tell stories about library or university collections, or academic works created by students themselves. Using Omeka S provides the opportunity for experiential learning beyond the classroom and the university community.

"Omeka" (pronounced oh-MEH-ka) is a Swahili word meaning "to display or lay out wares."

Omeka was developed by the Roy Rosezweig Center for History and New Media beginning in 2006.  Omeka is a non-profit project; its funding comes from a variety of US agencies and foundations. 

(Taken from the All About Omeka S page on the Digital Collection Projects Library Guide)

Omeka is supported by Libraries and Cultural Resources at UCalgary.


YuJa is the university’s video hosting/ content management system. It can be used as a stand-alone tool and also within your D2L course. YuJa allows you to upload and share your videos, create screen captures via a free desktop software and caption your content (Taken from the UCalgary eLearn Yuja page).

Yuja is supported by the Taylor Institute at UCalgary.


UCalgary Blogs is a collaborative publishing platform for use by the University of Calgary community, UCalgary Blogs is offered by the Taylor Institute Educational Development Unit as part of its efforts to extend effective blended and online learning on campus. You can create a personal blog, an official site, a course site, an ePortfolio, and more! (Adapted from the UCalgary Blogs Home Page)

UCalgary Blogs is supported by the Taylor Institute at UCalgary.

Additional LCR Course Material Services

Libraries and Cultural Resources offers additional services to support faculty and instructors with their course materials.

Reading List Service

The Reading List Service is a collaborative web app that simplifies the creation and availability of Course Reading Lists. The Reading List Service is integrated with the library collection and supports multiple interfaces to enable instructors to add materials to their reading lists from different sources such as the library’s collections, Open Educational Resource repositories, databases, websites, bookstores, and the instructor's reference manager. The service then provides students with direct access to the readings. Please connect with to use this service.

View the Reading List Service Guide to learn more

Click on the image to view a video about the Reading List Service

Subject Librarian Support

Our Subject Librarians are able to assist you during your course planning. You are welcome to contact the Subject Librarian in your discipline by either booking a consultation or locating your Subject Librarian's contact information in our Staff Directory.

For more information on the teaching & learning services and activities of our librarians, curators, and archivists, visit our Teaching Support page.

Additional OER Services

Libraries and Cultural Resources (LCR) at UCalgary offers support and services for adopting, adapting, and creating open educational resources.

We offer consultations, workshops, and support for OER adoption, adaptation, and creation.

Look for future OER workshops and events on the Taylor Institute and LCR events pages.

Please contact to us at to learn more or book an appointment.