Open Educational Resources

What is an Open Educational Resource?

Open educational resources (OER) are teaching and learning materials that are freely available to students, educators, and the general public. They are openly licensed so that others can adopt or reuse this material for their own purposes. 

OER can be retained, reused, revised, remixed, and redistributed. In practice this means:

  • Retain - the right to make, own, and control copies of the content (e.g., download, duplicate, store, and manage)
  • Reuse - the right to use the content in settings like classes, on websites, in videos, etc.
  • Revise - the right to adapt, adjust, modify, or alter the content
  • Remix - the right to combine the original or revised content with other material to create something new (e.g. combine two chapters from different books into a new book)
  • Redistribute - the right to share copies of the original content, your revisions, or your remixes with others 

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