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Open Educational Resources

Open Educational Resources (OER) Defined

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."  From The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation

OER materials are released under an open license granting permission for everyone to:

5Rs image by David Wiley, Lumen Learning, licensed under CC BY 4.0

OER include digital learning materials such as:

  • Open textbooks, full courses, modules, syllabi, lectures, homework assignments, quizzes, lab activities, games, and simulations.

Find & Evaluate OER

This video can help you get started searching, evaluating, and using OER.

This work, "Open Educational Resources," is adapted from "Open Educational Resources" by Rachel Becker and Madison Area Technical College Libraries, used under CC BY 4.0.
"Open Educational Resources" is licensed under CC BY 4.0 by Paige Barreto and Gateway Technical College Libraries.