How does it work?

Here's a checklist to help Mizzou instructors get started with A&OER.




  1. Learn about Affordable and Open Educational Resources.
  2. Define the scope of your project.
  3. Assemble your project team: contact your instructional designer, and potential collaborators.
  4. Identify potential accessibility issues.
  5. Select appropriate adopting, adapting or authoring tools.
  6. Optionally, write and submit grant proposal.



  1. Adopt, adapt, or author your content with your team.
  2. Determine how to license your content.
  3. Inform the Mizzou Stores that you are using Open (free) or Affordable (low-cost) resources for your class textbook.
  4. Test and verify accessibility of content.
  5. Consider alternative print options (if necessary). Contact us for info.



  1. Export and format content for student access, and MoSpace repository (required for grant).
  2. Integrate with other learning tools such as Canvas. Contact us for info.
  3. Review and revise your content over time.
  4. Consider deeper involvement by reviewing or creating resources. Grants are available at

Who We Are

We are a collaboration of MU professional services

Dale Sanders

The Mizzou Store

The Mizzou Store helps faculty review options on how to lower the cost of their current textbook adoption.

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MU Libraries

Contact your subject librarians if you need help deciding on a resource or adapting one.

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Educational Technologies at Missouri (ET@MO)
(573) 882-3303

Educational Technologies

If you need help integrating your A&OER resource into your class or Canvas, contact your instructional designer or Educational Technologies at Missouri (ET@MO).

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These campus units can help you • find A&OER • use A&OER • adapt A&OER • create A&OER • advocate for A&OER • make your own work openly accessible • learn more about affordable & open educational resources • reduce course material costs for your students

Have questions?

Do you have questions about adopting A&OER in your courses?

What is A&OER?

Affordable & Open educational resources (A&OER) are free and openly licensed educational materials that can be used for teaching, learning, research, and other purposes.

Open source textbooks are free to the user, with a nominal fee of about $30 to $40 to publish a physical, hardback book at the Mizzou Store.
— Mun Choi, President of the UM System and Professor of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

Why does A&OER matter?

Adopting free or low-cost textbooks and digital course materials helps Mizzou control the cost of educational resources. Here are some facts about the textbook affordability in the nation and at Mizzou.


According to a report from American Enterprise Institute, from 1998 to 2016, college textbook prices have increased by 90% while recreational book prices have fallen by more than 35%.


Due to the high costs of course materials at Mizzou, 75% of students have delayed purchasing a required textbook.


13% of students have considered leaving Mizzou because they couldn't afford course materials.

If textbooks are prohibitively expensive, students will:

Find illegal materials online
Not purchase educational resources
Buy outdated edition
Not acquire educational resources at all

Adopting open access or low-cost educational materials can significantly decrease the cost burden while still providing students with resources to excel.

These two videos will help you learn about textbook affordability at Mizzou and why A&OER matters.

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