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Open Educational Resources: OER Overview

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 full courses, course materials, modules, textbooks, streaming videos, tests, software, and any other tools, materials, or techniques used to support access to knowledge."  - Hewlett Foundation

How do I figure out whether something is "openly-licensed"?

Why Open licensing? Why OER?

VIDEO: Why Open Education Matters (2:27)

Definition: "[Open Educational Resources] are teaching, learning, and research resources that reside in the public domain or have been released under an intellectual property license [such as certain kinds of Creative Commons licenses] that permits their free use and 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."

Source: The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation (2010)

 

Why is the Open Source model compelling for learning and research?

VIDEO: Get Inspired [making education more affordable] (OpenStax)

VIDEO: Supporting Students to Succeed with Open Education (Lumen Foundation)

VIDEO: Open Source Cancer Research - TED Talk by Jay Bradner

Short Readings about Open Educational Resources

Lengthier Background Reading

Request for OER Materials

Essential Foundations of OER: Open Licensing. "Get Creative: On the origin and adventures of the Creative Commons licensing project"

OER Adoption Impact Calculator

OER Books in SFSC Library

License

Much of the material in this guide was created by  Anita Walz  of the Viginina Tech Library and is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License. CC BY License

3rd-party content including, but not limited to images and linked items, are subject to their own license terms.