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"OER are 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 materials, 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

Learn More about the foundation of OER by reading about copyright and open licensing on the next page of this guide.


Strategies for Success

Collaborate: Librarians and your department members can help you find and/or review resources.

Make spreadsheets. Keep a shared spreadsheet or Google Doc of links to OER sorted by course and outcome.

File Resources. Because OER links can be taken offline, have a department secretary make PDF files of each reading. These resources can be housed locally.

Start small. You don't have to revamp your entire class in one semester. Transition to OER one unit at a time.