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Open Educational Resources: Home

This guide provides instructor a basic understanding of Open Educational Resources. OERs are educational materials and resources offered freely and openly for anyone to use.

OER Defined

OER stands for Open Educational Resources and it is a digital as well as non-digital educational materials that can be used, copied and distributed free of charge and without permission from the creator. In some instances, It can be also be adapted to suit different contexts and uses.  -William and Flora Hewlett Foundation

Teaching, learning and research materials in any medium, digital or otherwise, that reside in the public domain or have been released under an open license that permits no-cost access, use, adaptation and redistribution by others with no or limited restrictions. -UNESCO

For more definitions of OER, see the Creative Commons Wiki.

Important Features

  • OER can either be in the public domain, or under a more lax intellectual property license.
  • OER can be revised, remixed, added upon, translated, and then shared again to meet different needs.
  • OER can take many forms, such as: syllabi, lesson plans, videos, software, tests, teaching techniques, group activities, writing prompts, textbooks, learning modules, experiments, simulations, and course designs. There are no platform restraints.

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