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What are OER?
What are OER?
“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 or 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.
Atkins, D.E., Brown, J.S. & Hammond, A.L. (February 2007). A Review of the Open Educational Resources (OER) Movement: Achievements, Challenges, and New Opportunities. Report to The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation. p. 4.
"OER are assets that can be adjusted and which provide benefits without restricting the possibilities for others to enjoy them.”
Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD). (2007). Giving Knowledge for Free: The Emergence of Open Educational Resources. Paris: Centre for Educational Research and Innovation, OECD. p. 10.
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A quick handout with definitions for common terms and phrases related to Open Education.
Learn More about OER
Adopting OER in the Classroom
A faculty resource for adopting, using and re-purposing openly licensed educational resources. Lumen Learning.
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An Open Educational Resources Policy Development Guidebook for Community College Governance Officials
Learn OER - Open Washington Modules
Self-paced modules created by Open Washington to learn about OER and why it matters.
OER Handbook for Educators
This wiki-style handbook is designed to help educators find, use, develop and share OER to enhance their effectiveness online and in the classroom.
The OER Starter Kit | Handbook
Created by Abbey Elder, a librarian at Iowa State University, this starter kit has been created to provide instructors with an introduction to the use and creation of open educational resources (OER). The text is broken into five sections: Getting Started, Copyright, Finding OER, Teaching with OER, and Creating OER. Although some chapters contain more advanced content, the starter kit is primarily intended for users who are entirely new to Open Education.
Open tutorial about OER by Algonquin College. This course is meant as a primer to anyone interested in learning more about the OER movement. It provides learning opportunities related to the origins of open resources, copyright and open licensing. It also acts as an overview of searching best practices both on the web and in OER repositories.
Video: OER Basics
Are you considering incorporating open resources into your course to save students money and improve teaching and learning? Watch this 6-minute video for some tips for finding Open Educational Resources to build or add to your classes.
Video: Why Open Education Matters
Watch this short (2:22 minutes) animated video about open education and why it matters.
Textbook Costs: Why OER Matters
Want to learn more? "Paywall: The Business of Scholarship" is CC BY 4.0 Creative Commons licensed documentary on the subject, available to watch for free on Vimeo or to download. Runtime is 1 hour 4 minutes.