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Open Educational Resources

Open Educational Resources 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 repurposing by others. OER include full courses, course materials, modules, textbooks, streaming videos, tests, software, and any other tools, materials, or techniques used to support access to knowledge.

Adapted from What Are Open Educational Resources (OERs)? by UNESCO

Open licensing means that users can freely access, use and reuse resources in a variety of ways, in accordance with the terms of the license in ways that are more flexible than conventionally copyrighted materials.

Browse Available Resources

  • Open educational resources are increasingly available from a number of sources.
  • After reviewing available resources, you may wish to contribute to a review if you choose to adopt a textbook for one or more of your courses.

Understand the Licenses

  • OERs have a range of licenses, from completely open (CC BY) to more restricted (CC BY-NC-ND).
  • How you use and distribute an OER is based on your chosen resource’s license, so it may be useful to review the license information available at the Creative Commons’ website. (Adapted from "About the licenses" by Creative Commons, licensed under CC-BY-4.0)

Examples

Open Textbooks

Open CourseWare (course modules/content, rubrics, assignments)

Other OERs (infographics, learning objects, other tools)

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