About this Guide

Welcome to Ryerson University’s Now is the Time for Open Educational Resources. This resource lists a broad range of open educational resources (OER), primarily open textbooks, organized by academic programs taught at Ryerson University. OER are teaching, learning, and research resources that, through permissions granted by the copyright holder, allow others to use, distribute, keep, or make changes to them.


This guide was inspired by McMaster University’s OER by Discipline guide and by BCcampus’s  OER by Discipline Directory. We are grateful to them for providing us with such wonderful examples to work from.

The version of the guide presented here was developed to highlight quality open textbooks and organize them so that Ryerson faculty can easily locate resources in their disciplines or subject areas. Although this is a good start, we are far from having a complete list and will be regularly updating this resource as we find additional, suitable materials to include. As this guide evolves, other OER — case studies, courses, games, simulations, videos, and more — may also be evaluated and added.

To locate materials, users may browse the contents or use the search box located in the top-right of each page in the online version to locate a specific subject.

We invite you to notify us if you discover a valuable OER within or related to your discipline. Please complete the following form to make your contribution.

We hope that Ryerson faculty and instructors will find this guide helpful as they consider the options available for quality, open textbooks for their courses.

Attribution information is provided for each title.  If there is any discrepancy between the license information in this book and the license on the actual title, the license on the book takes precedence.


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Now is the Time for Open Educational Resources Copyright © 2018 by Kelly Dermody; Ann Ludbrook; Nada Savicevic; MIchelle Schwartz; Reece Steinberg; and Sally Wilson is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License, except where otherwise noted.