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Open Educational Resources (OER) Program: Overview

This guide provides an introduction to open educational resources (OER), where to find them, and how to use materials for teaching and learning.

What are Open Educational Resources?

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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."  (From The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation)

OER materials are released under an open license granting permission for everyone to do the 5Rs (Retain, Reuse, Revise, Remix, Redistribute).

The 5Rs of Open

OER include digital learning materials such as:

  • open textbooks
  • full courses
  • modules
  • syllabi
  • lectures
  • homework assignments
  • quizzes
  • lab activities
  • games
  • simulations

Overview of OER Videos

More OER Information

Open Educational Resources Librarian

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Linda Miles

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