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Open Educational Resources

Introduction to Open Educational Resources

What are Open Educational Resources (OER)?

OERs are educational materials that are specifically designed by their author/s to be openly available, and are often licensed to be re-used, re-mixed, and re-distributed.  Open is not just about low cost (though that is an important benefit of using OER) but about the ability to create customized course materials or to take what others have created, customize it for your specific educational needs, and then share your creation with others.  

OERs can come in a variety of forms:

  • Learning content - created content that ranges from individual lectures, animations, and assessments to complete courses and textbooks.  
  • Primary sources - Images, video, and sound recordings.  Some  sources are in the public domain, while others have been licensed as open by their creators. 

Understanding OER in 10 videos

Go to this video playlist on YouTube or watch all 10 videos straight through below.