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Open Educational Resources (OER): Overview

Information about and links to 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. 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." [1]

The Open Education movement is built around the 5 Rs of Open [2]

  • Retain -- users have the right to make, archive, and own copies of the content
  • Reuse – content can be reused in its unaltered form in a wide range of ways 
  • Revise -- content can be adapted, adjusted, modified, and altered 
  • Remix – original or revised content can be combined with other open content to create something new 
  • Redistribute -- copies of the content can be shared with others in its original, revised or remixed form 

You may here the phrase "open access."  OER are a subset of open access (OA).  OER are always Open Access, but not all OA materials are considered OER. [3]

The Problem

Virginia Course Materials Survey, 2022
"78% of all respondents expressed some level of worry about meeting their course material costs..."

Short Readings of Interest

Copyright Best Practices

Why Open Educatinal Resources Matter

Password: OER

It explains the “classroom revolution” of OER and hints at the possibilities available.

OER Research

More OER


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