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Guide to OER - what it is where to get information and resources information for faculty and librarians
open educational resources Open Educational Resources (OER) are teaching, learning and research materials in any medium – digital or otherwise – that reside in the public domain or have been released under an open license that permits no-cost access, use, adaptation and redistribution by others with no or limited restrictions.     William & Flora Hewlett Foundation 

The open education movement is built around the 5 R permissions 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)  

"Iterating Toward Openness" by David Wiley licensed under CC-BY-4.0



oer myths

Myth #3: “You get what you pay for”.

Fact: OER can be produced to the same quality standards as traditional textbooks.




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