SPARC (the Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition) works to enable the open sharing of research outputs and educational materials in order to democratize access to knowledge, accelerate discovery, and increase the return on our investment in research and education. SPARC defines Open Access as:
Peter Suber, Director of the Harvard Office for Scholarly Communication, Director of the Harvard Open Access Project, and a Senior Researcher at the Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society, briefly defines open access as:
See also our full guide on all kinds of open resources at the link below.
Our MCC Librarians are here to help you discover appropriate sources of OER or Open Access materials for your online and face to face courses. Consult with your department library liaison listed below. Another great resource for help with adopting and adapting open resources as course content is the Center for Teaching and Learning!
Austin Community College's Library Services provides a very thorough guide on Open Educational Resources at the link below.