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OER For Faculty

OER are any type of educational material that are freely available for teachers and students to use, adapt, share, and reuse.

Cline Library Course Reserves

Cline Library supports streaming video files for use in current NAU courses. Enrolled students can access material via a Kaltura link placed in your Canvas shell.

  • The item requested to be streamed is to be used within an NAU course
  • The requested clip is no greater than 10% of a work.
  • The streamed media clip will reside in NAU Kaltura
  • Access to streaming clips will become unavailable at the end of the current semester.
  • Instructors must request streaming items for each semester, specifying  courses to be authorized
Getting Started:

Please fill out this form to make a request. Please allow a  one week processing time. For questions contact

Ask the library to digitize and upload portions of your textbook to your Canvas course within Fair Use guidelines. It is generally permissible to digitize up to 10% of a textbook and make it freely accessible to your students, but when in doubt, you can always ask a librarian. You could also have existing library materials scanned and placed in your Canvas course as well. Fill out an this form to get started.

If your course requires that students purchase textbooks, especially expensive ones, it’s always a good idea to make sure a copy of those textbooks is available for short-term loan at the library. This ensures that all students have a way to access required course materials regardless of their financial situation. Visit our course materials page to learn how to place items on hold for students to check out.

Cline Library Resources

  • Search the Quick Search for e-book titles from our collections; many allow for multiple simultaneous users so that a whole class can have unlimited access. Contact your Subject Librarian for help
  • Link to articles available through our subscriptions. Search the Quick Search or the library’s many databases for articles to use instead of a standard textbook.
  • Link to videos from one of our streaming resources
  • Search Special Collections and Archives for historic material to freely use in your course.

Adopt an E-Book

The University Library assigns liaison librarians to all departments on campus to provide support for teaching, learning, and research. Ask a subject specialist librarian to help you find and/or purchase an ebook with an “unlimited use” license or other digital resources for your students.

This guide adapts and reuses major portions of the University of Montevallo OER guides, with permission.