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What is OER?
What are Open Educational Resources
"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)
Articles & Tutorials
Free to Learn Guide, by Hal Plotkin
An Open Educational Resources policy development
guidebook for community college governance officials
OER Handbook for Educators
"Welcome to the world of Open Educational Resources (OER). This handbook is designed to help educators find, use, develop and share OER to enhance their effectiveness online and in the classroom."
Texas Learn OER
Ten self-paced, peer-reviewed training modules are designed to provide Texas higher education instructors with a solid foundation in using OER. In this program, trainees will learn how to identify, evaluate, and create OER.
Tutorial - Open Educational Resources
This course is meant as a primer to anyone interested in learning more about the OER movement. Topics include the origins of open resources, copyright and open licensing, and best practices to apply when searching for OER.
UH (University of Hawai'i) OER Training Workbook
This three-part training guide is designed to help faculty as they begin working with OER and covers these topics: an introduction to open educational resources, copyright and Creative Commons, and OER adaptation and creation.
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