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Open Educational Resources (OER)

What are Open Educational Resources?

"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

How can I get started with OER?

You're in the right place! This guide is made with beginners in mind, but will hopefully be a useful tool throughout your OER journey.

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

Find some resources: Open textbooks might be a good place to start, but there is so much more!

Think about accessibility. OER are more than just digital resources, but many operate in digital spaces. Access and design for all learners is important!

Consider authoring and/or sharing your own OER! If you have created something that could be useful to other educators/learners, or even if you remix some open content in a new way, consider sharing it!


OER Search Engines

Additional Reading for OER Beginners