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Designing an Effective Syllabus

Resources to help faculty and staff design an effective syllabus to engage and motivate students

Putting Print Books on Course Reserve

To make your reading materials accessible to all students, please contact your librarian liaison for more information about placing print materials on Course Reserves. 

First - contact your subject librarian to purchase the texts. Inform them that you would like the book put on Course Reserves. 

Second -log into ARES to place your book on course reserve - this action notifies the library that you would like your textbook to be held at the Course Reserves desk in Memorial Library. 

Open Education Resources (OER)

Open Educational Resources (OER) are " teaching, learning, and research materials in any medium - digital or otherwise - that reside in the public domain or have been released under an open license that permits no-cost access, use, adaption and redistribution by others with no or limited restrictions." - UNESCO (

One of the most robust categories of OER is online textbooks. It can be daunting at first to try to implement an OER in your class - which is normal! Major concerns about OER usually revolve around credibility, authority, and rigorousness - which are real and valid concerns. It is important to vet the work (much like you would with a print version from a publisher). Many OERs are peer-reviewed or go through an editorial process. Most sites will discuss how the work was created and how you can adapt it. 

Adopting an OER ensures that all students have equal access to class materials. Student access to the text improves class participation and general engagement with the course. 

Be sure to check the accessibility of course materials. Even though the material is "open," it may not be ADA compliant. But because OERs can typically be adapted, it may be easier to make this kind of material accessible to your students. Please contact the CTL for questions about accessibility and your selected OER material.