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CSOOL4Ed provides a digital infrastructure that will improve college affordability for students with free etextbooks and educational resources. Having free and immediate access to instructional resources will enable more students to enroll and succeed in more courses as they progress toward graduation in a timelier manner.

Learn more about this project.

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Monica Pires is an Instructional Course Designer at Central State University. Certified Quality Matters (QM) professional. She is passionate about working with faculty in applying the Design principles and QM standards to their courses. Monica is experienced in teaching International Business and Human Resource Management courses. Her educational background in Computer Applications and Human Resource Management along with her experience working with a Multi-National Corporation serves her well in her current capacity.

"I believe that Open Educational Resources (OER) are a great way of ensuring that learners are able to maximize their participation in the course. OER gives learners the opportunity to focus on learning by removing the financial obstacles associated with obtaining textbooks." Dr. Monic Pires.

Looking for courses that have recommended FREE and OPEN eTextbooks selected for them?

Looking to LEARN how colleagues are using FREE and OPEN eTextbooks?

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Explore the collection of ideas and helpful resources when planning and designing your Affordable Learning Solutions programs and courses including:


ADD Free and Open Educational Resources You're Using or Created into MERLOT

Are you using OER in your teaching or your learning? Have you created free and open teaching materials? We invite you to catalog these resources in MERLOT. Your colleagues and students around the world will thank you!


First: Become a member of MERLOT (It will take about 2 minutes and it is FREE).

Second: Fill out the online form to contribute a Material. (It will take about 4 minutes the first time.  MERLOT provides systematic instructions on our YouTube Channel and a handout (PDF).


Enter key words below to search the SkillsCommons library for Free Workforce Development OER



Enter key words below to search the MERLOT library, over 75 other open libraries, and more!

Enter the ISBN of a book below to find related FREE eTextbooks and more.