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OER | Open Educational Resources

Info hub with resources & support for teaching + learning with affordable course content and openly licensed, modifiable materials.

Overview

What are OER?

  • Teaching, learning, and research materials

  • Public domain or openly licensed and modifiable

OER are broadly defined —  textbooks, course materials, modules, streaming videos, tests, software, and any other tools, materials, or techniques used to support access to knowledge, in any medium          
OER are free to use and modify — released under an open license that permits no-cost access, use, adaptation and redistribution by others with no or limited restrictions

 

What are the benefits?

  • Expanded access to learning ⇒ accessible from anywhere, at any time, as often as needed
  • Scalability ⇒ easy to distribute widely with little or no cost
  • Augmentation of class materials  supplement textbooks and lectures where deficiencies in information are evident
  • Enhancement of regular course content ⇒ presenting information in multiple formats to help students to more easily learn
  • Quick circulation  ⇒ disseminate info more rapidly than textbooks; increase timeliness and relevance of your material
  • Less expense for students ⇒ substantially reduce the cost of course content
  • Showcasing of innovation and talent ⇒ wider audience for faculty research expertise
  • Ties for alumni ⇒ keep community connected and provide materials for lifelong learning
  • Continually improved resources ⇒ reader edits and user feedback, adaptable for class