Open Educational Resources (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."
OER allow users to:
Because of the open license, open educational resources offer faculty a way to customize course content to course objectives, rather than following the agenda of a traditional textbook. Their low- or no-cost options allow for students to have immediate access to the materials they need for the quarter, without them having to make difficult decisions on how to acquire/pay for course texts or wait for items to arrive in the mail.
*This material is an adaptation of Defining the "Open" in Open Content and Open Educational Resources, which was originally written by David Wiley and published freely under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 license at http://opencontent.org/definition/.
Open Textbooks have been released with an open license (usually a Creative Commons license) which allows them to be copied, shared and revised.
Other OER websites focus on open resources relating to particular topics or populations, such as:
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