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Open Educational Resources: Intro to OER

"The terms 'open content' and 'open educational resources' describe any copyrightable work...that is either (1) in the public domain or (2) licensed in a manner that provides everyone with free and perpetual permission to engage in the 5R activities."  --OERTX


Graphical representation of the 5R's of OER, by Kiersten Merkel, CC BY 2.0

What Are OER?

What are Open Educational Resources (OER)?

     "Open educational resources (OER) are any resources avail­able at little or no cost that can be used for teaching, learning, or research.  The term can include textbooks, course readings, and other learning content; simulations, games, and other learning ap­plications; syllabi, quizzes, and assessment tools; and virtually any other material that can be used for educational purposes. OER typically refers to electronic resources, including those in multime­dia formats, and such materials are generally released under a Creative Commons or similar license that supports open or nearly open use of the content.  OER can originate from colleges and uni­versities, libraries, archival organizations, government agencies, commercial organizations such as publishers, or faculty or other individuals who develop educational resources they are willing to share."  --Educause (2010)

Tools for Getting Started| Central Library: 281-476-1850 | Generation Park Campus: 281-998-6150 x8133 | North Library: 281-459-7116 | South Library: 281-998-6150 ext. 3306