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Open Educational Resources: Introduction

A guide to Open Educational Resources (textbooks, tools, packages, etc.) on various subjects.

What is OER?

UNESCO defines Open Educational Resources (OER) as 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. 

OER and Open Access:  Differences

Open Access OER

related to research and scholarship

related to teaching and learning

content: scholarly articles, books, book chapters, dissertations. etc., 

content: textbooks, course modules, videos, other ancillary materials. 
typically not licensed for revision or remixing. openly licensed for revision

 

5 Rights of Using OERs

  1. Retain – the right to make, own, and control copies of the content (e.g., download, duplicate, store, and manage)
  2. Reuse – the right to use the content in a wide range of ways (e.g., in a class, in a study group, on a website, in a video)
  3. Revise – the right to adapt, adjust, modify, or alter the content itself (e.g., translate the content into another language)
  4. Remix – the right to combine the original or revised content with other material to create something new  
  5. Redistribute – the right to share copies of the original content, your revisions, or your remixes with others
     

Source: UNESCO “Guidance on Open Educational Practices during School Closures: Utilizing OER under COVID-19 Pandemic in line with UNESCO OER Recommendation”