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OER: Open Educational Resources

OER

What is OER?

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Open Educational Resources (OERs) are teaching, learning, and research resources released under an open license that permits their free use and repurposing by others.  OERs can be textbooks, full courses, lesson plans, videos, tests, software, or any other tool, material or technique that supports access to knowledge.

How are open educational resources used?

Students can access OERs online for free or affordable cost, download and keep a digital copy, and print or purchase a low-cost hardcopy.

Educators can curate, tailor, and share OERs to perfectly suit their curriculum, and share their innovations freely.

Authors can disseminate their work to a worldwide audience while still receiving attribution.

Institutions can leverage OERs to reduce student out-of-pocket costs.

Entrepreneurs can build businesses around OER by offering value-added products.

Source: SPARC Open Education Fact Sheet

The 5 Rs of Openness

Retain - right to make, own and control copies of the content.

Reuse - right to use content in a wide range of ways.

Revise - right to adapt, modify or improve the content.

Remix - right to combine original or revised content with other open content to create something new.

Redistribute - right to share copies of orignal content, your revisions, or your revisions with others.

 

This material was created by David Wiley and published freely under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 license at: http://opencontent.org/blog/archives/3221