What are Open Educational Resources?
Open educational resources (OER) are teaching, learning and research materials in any medium - digital or otherwise - that reside in the public domain or have been released under an open license that permits no-cost access, use, adaptation and redistribution by others with no or limited restrictions (UNESCO, 2019). OERs can be in the form of quizzes, textbooks, syllabi, full courses, test questions, assignments, lecture notes and more.
Use The 5 R's of OER to help you determine if something you want to use or create as an open resource is open and free of copyright.
An open educational resource provides users with free and perpetual permission to engage in the 5R activities:
To Learn more about OER visit the Learning more about OER tab in this LibGuide
Why use Open Education Resources?
Using OER can have many benefits to education. Here are just a few reasons for using OER:
Open Educational Resources do not have to be licensed, but, many creators choose to provide a use statement or to create a free creative commons license. A creative commons license provides users with a clear statement of how to use the OER when citing the work, using if for commercial purposes, adapting it, and redistributing it. A creative commons license is free and simple to create (see https://creativecommons.org/share-your-work/).