Open Educational Resources

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What are Open Educational Resources (OERs)?

They can be anything used to meet the objectives of a lesson, as long as they meet the the criteria of the follow 5 Rs:

  • Reuse: content can be reused in its unaltered state
  • Revise: content can be adapted, adjusted, modified, or altered
  • Remix: The 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 state
  • Retain: Users have the right to make, archive, and “own” copies of the content

Some examples of OERs:

  • Course materials
  • Textbooks
  • Streaming videos
  • Courseware
  • Journal articles
  • Online tutorials
  • Lesson plans
  • Software
  • Games
  • Etc.

Materials are either in the public domain or carry one of the Creative Commons Licenses. To find out more about Creative Commons licensing and its definitions, click HERE

Since you may want to combine chapters or resources from various sources, finding OERs may take time and persistence, just like research. If you would like assistance with this, please contact Scott Cowan, the librarian for the Office of Open Learning.

Where can I find OERs?

Check out our page and links for Finding Open Content