UNM and Open Educational Resources

UNM’s Open Educational Resource (OER) initiative seeks to provide faculty members with the support they need to adopt low and no-cost textbook and class material solutions for their courses when it aligns with their instructional objectives and academic freedom. When possible, we would like to partner with other higher education institutions and the State of New Mexico to identify resources and support for faculty initiatives in this area. 

The estimated amount of money students spend on textbooks and supplies in the United States is over 14 billion dollars annually, and Bureau of Labor Statistics data indicates that these costs have risen by 4 times the rate of inflation over the last decade. Populations of students who cannot afford to buy or rent textbooks choose not to buy them at all, negatively impacting their education.

The following video explains the equitable and enduring effects of Open Educational Resources.

Legislative initiatives in many other states have shown significant return on investment in both dollar terms and student achievement. 

UNM’s OER initiative is currently developing support for faculty to adopt, adapt, and create open educational materials. For faculty ready to begin exploring, this linked OER Library Guide is a good starting point. From there, you can contact CULLS' OER Librarian for more details.

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Interested in keeping up with the latest developments in OER at UNM? Click the button at the bottom of this page to join the OER Initiative's mailing list. We will send information about upcoming OER-related opportunities, workshops, and events.


Jennifer Schaller
OER Librarian
(505) 277-0588 phone

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Carol Kennedy
Director of Development
(505) 277-5632 phone