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Open Educational Resources: Overview

What are Open Educational Resources (OER)?

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"

- From The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation


Examples of OER

OER include digital learning materials such as:

  • open textbooks
  • courses
  • modules
  • syllabi
  • lectures
  • assignments
  • quizzes
  • lab activities
  • games
  • simulations

OER Licenses

OER materials have licenses granting permission for users to...

  • Retain - users can make, archive, and own copies of the content
  • Reuse - content can be reused as is
  • Revise - content can be adapted or modified
  • Remix - original or revised content can be combined with other content to create something new
  • Redistribute - copies of the content can be shared with others in its original, revised, or remixed form.

Creative Commons Copyright

Portions of this guide are adapted from the Lansing Community College Library Open Educational Resources at LCC Guide.