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WT Repository is a digital service that collects, preserves, and distributes digital material. Repositories are important tools for preserving an organization's legacy; they facilitate digital preservation and scholarly communication.

What is the OER @ WT community?

WT has developed its own space for Open Educational Resources (OER) created by WTAMU faculty or used by WTAMU faculty. The resources in the community called OER @ WT have all been created by, or are maintained by, WT faculty with the assistance of Cornette Library staff. OERs are made available under Creative Commons licenses by design, meaning all people around the world have access to these documents and can use them to learn or teach. Creative Commons licensing allows the OER collection to also host OERs as a third party, in case other repositories go down. To learn more, scroll down to the “Quick - the basics!” section of this page. 

If you have any questions about OER @ WT, feel free to contact Bruce Wardlow.

Quick - the basics!

OER are:

teaching, learning, and research resources that are free of cost and access barriers, and which also carry legal permission for open use. Generally, this permission is granted by use of an open license... which allows anyone to freely use, adapt and share the resource— anytime, anywhere.

Often in OER organizations and projects, you will find a saying much like the three R's of recycling. For OER, it is the five R's:

Users have the right to make, archive, and ‘own’ copies of the content.
Content can be reused in its unaltered form.
Content can be adapted, adjusted, modified or altered; [users] have the ability to change the information presented in the OER.
The original or revised content can be combined with other content to create something new.
Copies of the content can be shared with others in its original, revised, or remixed form. SPARC, Open Education.

To quickly summarize the potential benefits of OER:

For Students

  • Lower costs of attending university
  • Less of a loan burden after school, reducing payments and defaults

For Faculty

  • More control over instruction
  • More diverse course content
  • Reducing the need to deal with publishers and the bookstore
  • Students having course materials at the start of the semester

For the University

  • Improvements in retention, graduation, and loan default rates.

As Perceived by Faculty (Chae & Jenkins, 2015)

  • Lack of time
  • Uninviting climate
  • Copyright uncertainty
  • Lack of technology and technology skills
  • Difficulty in reviewing materials
  • Difference in course specifications


  • Accessibility
  • Sustainability
  • Regulations

The guide will be updated periodically based on newly found resources and faculty feedback.