Open Nebraska (ONE)

Free or Reduced-Cost Digital Course Materials

Open Nebraska (ONE) also known as Open Educational Resources (OER) "are teaching, learning, and research resources that reside in the public domain or have been released under an intellectual property license that permits their free use and re-purposing by others. Open educational resources include full courses, course materials, modules, textbooks, streaming videos, tests, software, and any other tools, materials, or techniques used to support access to knowledge."

The University of Nebraska is committed to student affordability by supporting faculty in adopting free or reduced-cost digital course materials in their courses. Collaborative efforts for utilizing Open Educational Resources (OER) and Inclusive First Day Access eBook programs have saved NU students over $6M as of the Spring 2021. The goal is to save NU students $10 million by 2023 through this program. 

Identifying your ONE course when you register for classes

Beginning with the Spring 2022 semester, campuses at the University of Nebraska will pilot a new course attribute in the searchable web-based course schedules.  These attributes were proposed to Information Technology Services by the 2020-21 NU Student Regents and a group of Student Government representatives from each campus.

The course attribute increases transparency so that students and their families can determine which UNK courses are using these free and reduced-cost digital course materials at the time of registration instead of learning this information as the course is beginning.