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Open Educational Resources: Home

This guide provides information and resources for users interested in learning about open educational resources (OER).

What are Open Educational Resources?

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."*  They include:

  • Learning content: full courses, course material, content modules, learning objects, collections, and journals.
  • Tools: software to support the creation, delivery, use and improvement of open learning content including searching and organization of content, content and learning management systems, content development tools, and online learning communities.
  • Implementation resources: Intellectual property licenses to promote open publishing of materials, design-principles, and localization of content.

OER allow users to:

  • Retain -- users have the right to make, archive, and own copies of the content
  • Reuse -- content can be reused in its unaltered form
  • Revise -- content can be adapted, adjusted, modified, and altered
  • Remix -- original or revised content can be combined with other content to create something new
  • Redistribute -- copies of the content can be shared with others in its original, revised or remixed form.**

*From The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation

**5 Rs from David Wiley

Why OER?

OER is a relatively new movement in education; educators and learners as well as learning institutions are driving its development. OER provides an alternative to the rising costs of education as well as an opportunity to try new ways of teaching and learning, many of which are more collaborative and participatory.

Why Open Education Matters

Acknowledgement

This guide is adapted with permission from the excellent resources at UMass Amherst Libraries, University of New Hampshire Library, and Lansing Community College Library, with thanks to those institutions.