AggieOpen: Support for OER Adoption & Creation

Library experts can assist instructors with the process of finding, evaluating, and using open education resources (OER).



AggieOpen encourages instructors to use openly licensed alternatives to commercially available course materials, such as open access or Creative Commons licensed publications, resources in the public domain, as well as learning objects and texts that instructors create themselves while achieving their pedagogical objectives.

The mission of the AggieOpen program is to promote a more equitable and culturally relevant educational experience at UC Davis by helping instructors to access, adapt, adopt and author openly licensed course materials. 

Through AggieOpen, the university seeks to expand the availability of openly licensed educational content to provide course materials at minimal cost for the benefit of both UC Davis students locally, as well as students of higher education globally.

In offering support to instructors who want to explore how Open Educational Resources are transforming higher education, the UC Davis Library joins the University of California systemwide movement towards making affordable course materials more widely available.

Our goals are to

  • Promote the creation, adaptation, adoption, and curation of openly licensed materials by our instructors and students.
  • Provide support for instructors to incorporate openly licensed educational resources into their curriculum.
  • Improve availability and affordability of course materials.


Support for Instructors

We provide consultation for instructors developing strategies to identify OER that support their teaching style and course learning outcomes, as well as navigating copyright and open licensing.

We also host OER Discovery workshops where instructors can learn more about the spectrum of openly licensed learning materials and begin exploring available OER in their field.

The UC Davis Library can help instructors:

  • Find free, openly licensed course materials including textbooks, streaming media, assessment tools, and dynamic content.
  • Author openly licensed course materials and textbooks using Creative Commons licenses.
  • Foster student engagement in creating openly licensed educational resources.
Request a consultation

Email with questions about OER or to schedule a consultation related to using or creating openly licensed course materials.