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Open Educational Resources: OER Explained

Guide and resources related to Open Education

OER Tutorial

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OER Created at Puget Sound

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Open Educational Resources Defined

Global OER Logo

OER Global Logo by Jonathas Mello is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution Unported 3.0 License

According to the Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition

"Open Educational Resources are teaching, learning, and research resources released under an open license that permits their free use and repurposing by others. OERs can be full courses, course materials, lesson plans, open textbooks, learning objects, videos, games, tests, software, or any other tool, material, or technique that supports access to knowledge."

The Open Education movement is built around the 5Rs of Openness

  • Retain – the right to make, own, and control copies of the content
  • Reuse – the right to use the content in a wide range of ways (e.g., in a class, in a study group, on a website, in a video)
  • Revise – the right to adapt, adjust, modify, or alter the content itself (e.g., translate the content into another language)
  • Remix – the right to combine the original or revised content with other open content to create something new (e.g., incorporate the content into a mashup)
  • Redistribute – the right to share copies of the original content, your revisions, or your remixes with others (e.g., give a copy of the content to a friend)

Why Use Open Educational Resources?

OERs are free, ready-to-use content for your classes. 
Creators and users are free
 to retain rights, reuse content, remix content, revise content, or redistribute content.

Materials are:

  • Textbooks
  • Course readings
  • Articles
  • Journals 
  • Course packs
  • quizzes
  • Streaming videos
  • Virtually any other material that is used for educational purchases

Most material is licensed under Creative Commons.

Quill West Introduction to Open Education

Presentation by Quill West of Pierce College on open education and open education resources.

Videos About Open Education

Source: "Faculty Perpectives on OER Adoption" by Una DalyCCCOER is licensed under CC BY 4.0

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