OER: Open Educational Resources

Faculty and Student guide to Open Educational Resources

What are Open Educational Resources (OER)?

The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation (n.d) define Open Educational Resources as:

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 material, modules, textbooks, streaming videos, tests, software, and any other tools, materials, or techniques used to support access to knowledge.

The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation. (n.d).  Open Educational Resources. Retrieved from http://www.hewlett.org/programs/education/open-educational-resources

The 5 R's of OER

Image adapted from Lumen Learning. (2014). Slide Show Presentation Open Education in the MOST Pilot Program.

Getting Started With OER

Maryland Open Source Textbook (MOST) Project

Why Use Open Educational Resources

  • Reduce resource costs for your students
  • Engage with other educators 
  • Build partnerships across institutions
  • Share learning and teaching experience
  • Enhance the quality of educational resources
  • Provide real-life experiences for your learners
  • And many, many more!


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