About the Teaching Commons

What is the Teaching Commons?

The Teaching Commons showcases high-quality open educational resources from leading colleges and universities and makes them available to educators and students around the world. Curated by librarians and their institutions and hosted by bepress, the Teaching Commons includes open-access textbooks, course materials, lesson plans, multimedia, lectures, k-12 materials, and more.

Educators and researchers can use the Teaching Commons to discover teaching materials, adopt content for their courses, or create and share their own work. The Teaching Commons is built on the Digital Commons platform, which offers authors a powerful set of tools-- including multimedia support, versioning, embedded comments, and geo-location, among others -- to support the large variety of publishing needs in this growing field.

Open Educational Resources

Open Educational Resources (OER) are high-quality, openly licensed, online educational materials that offer an extraordinary opportunity for people everywhere to share, use, and reuse knowledge (Hewlett Foundation).

Open Educational Resources are also a response to rising textbook costs. Educators, institutions, and even state legislators are leveraging the possibilities of digital resources to save students money while also increasing classroom engagement.

Read more about how educators, institutions, and libraries are creating OERS, championing campus-wide OER initiatives, and supporting needs of students and researchers here.

To learn more about Teaching Commons or to create a resource, contact us at outreach@bepress.com.

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